Xi's village tours assure poverty reduction
December 29,2016   By:Xinhua
Per capita income in the village increased to 3,000 yuan in 2015 from less than 1,000 in 2012. In 2015 alone, 48 families escaped from poverty.
"Poverty reduction cannot simply rely on 'transfusing blood.' We must take advantage of resources and develop industries," said Xu Xiangdong, an official from the provincial housing department who was dispatched to the village to help eradicate poverty.
It is common for officials to be chosen to work in villages on poverty reduction.
In the past four years, Fuping County's per capita income of farmers increased from 3,262 yuan to 5,815 yuan in 2015, and its poverty-hit population has been reduced to 60,000, said Hao Guochi, Fuping Party secretary.
China is aiming to eradicate rural poverty by 2020, lifting the remaining 55 million rural poor out of poverty, roughly 10 million each year. The country's poverty line is 2,300 yuan in annual income.
Xi has visited a number of villages and counties since 2012, repeatedly stressing the importance of poverty reduction and creating policy to address the issue.
Liang Qiang, 26, began sweeping the scattered snow from his courtyard at first light Wednesday. He was expecting a dozen tourists to dine and rest at his lodgings. Liang is in "agritainment," a trend to incorporate entertainment on farms and in rural tourist areas.
Liang is a villager in Shaanxi Province's Liangjiahe, where Xi worked as a rural laborer from 1969 to 1975. He started his business in May 2015, just three months after President Xi visited the village.
During the tour, Xi said revolutionary bases were the roots of the Party and the army, and that they should not be forgotten, as wisdom and power is obtained from history.
"Without the development of old revolutionary bases, we will not be able to achieve a moderately prosperous society," Xi said.
Liang has 18 big tables and three small ones in his 100-square-meter rural guesthouse. Nearly 200 people can dine under the same roof every day at busy times.
He hired six chefs and adjusted the menu to feature local specialties. High-speed wifi is also available for customers as they are waiting.