Xi's village tours assure poverty reduction
December 29,2016   By:Xinhua
"Net income will exceed 200,000 yuan this year," said Liang, who was a miner with a monthly income of about 5,000 yuan three years ago.
Liangjiahe is expected to receive over 900,000 visitors this year, bringing 13 million yuan in revenue. Per capita income will reach 18,000 yuan.
Targeted poverty alleviation is the household name for a policy that was put forward by President Xi during his inspection tour to the central province of Hunan in November 2013.
Development is the general method to eliminate poverty, and governments in poverty-hit regions should suit their measures to different conditions and help locals find out ways to shake off poverty, he said during the trip.
Shibadong is a Miao minority village and was labeled "poor" at the time. Shibadong in Chinese means 18 caves, and there are 18 natural karst caves in the village. Scarcity of arable land was the biggest obstacle to local villagers hoping to improve their lives.
"We are poor in resources, but rich in fascinating culture and landscape," said Gong Haihua, the village head.
Inspired by Xi's idea of targeted poverty alleviation, the village committee started supporting industries such as breeding, planting, Miao embroidery and village tourism, as well as labor export.
In cooperation with a rural cooperative, the village arranged for over 66.7 hectares of land elsewhere to be planted with kiwis, a popular fruit.
The kiwis base was expanded this year and helped villagers in other townships to shake off poverty, said Shi Jintong, a township official stationed in Shibadong village.
Tourism is booming in Shibadong. The per capita net income of villagers was 3,580 yuan last year, up 115 percent from 2013.
"We really thank general secretary a lot," said Shi Quanyou, a Shibadong resident, who returned home from outside three years ago and opened the first restaurant for visitors in the village.
China is determined to win the war against poverty, by adopting various means to reduce poverty, such as e-commerce, financing, industries, relocation and improvement of infrastructure.
The country expects to achieve its target of lifting 10 million people out of poverty this year and has set the same target for next year.