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China makes notable progress in rural clean-up campaign

Updated: May 24,2019 6:53 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China has made remarkable progress in a nationwide rural clean-up campaign, the country’s agricultural ministry said.

Around 80 percent of Chinese villages have participated in the ongoing campaign, cleaning up more than 30 million tons of household waste and 13 million tons of sludge in rural areas, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

The country unveiled a guideline late in 2018 to call for a campaign to clean up the rural living environment, which has been carried out in various forms.

Yu Xinrong, vice-agriculture minister, said more efforts must be made in the campaign as the weather conditions in summer could pose more difficulties.

Yu also urged local authorities to place more emphasis on improving the rural environment and conduct targeted clean-ups to solve the most urgent environmental problems.