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China to boost high-quality development of agriculture

Updated: Feb 18,2019 8:20 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China issued a plan to boost high-quality development of its agricultural sector through 2022 on Feb 18.

The country will work to improve the quality of agricultural products, as well as the agricultural sector’s efficiency and international competitiveness, according to the plan jointly issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and six other ministries and government agencies.

Under the plan, the country aims to raise the per capita agricultural productivity from 34,000 yuan (about $5,000) in 2017 to 55,000 yuan in 2022.

To raise the sector’s international competitiveness, the country vowed to foster the development of grain dealer giants and international agricultural conglomerates.

The country plans to increase agricultural product exports, which are expected to rise 3 percent annually during the period, according to the plan.

The country also vowed to train more than 5 million professional farmers and raise the proportion of young and professional farmers.