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China Focus: China winning the toughest of tough battles against poverty
October 12,2017   By:Xinhua

INNOVATIVE THINKING

For most villagers in Fuping, the obvious path out of poverty they could imagine was through financial help from the government, which could ease their burdens over a short period, but could never be a long-term solution.

Hopes of fundamental change came as local authorities realized the importance of developing agricultural industries and encouraged villagers to produce certain products and foster industries, including vegetable and fruit.

While villages are responsible for mass production, companies are tasked with marketing and selling the products. In the process, the government aided industry development by guiding funds to support growth and offering agriculture insurance to create a sound security network for villagers.

By the end of 2016, Fuping had built 3,000 greenhouses for growing mushrooms, with the participation of more than 6,000 households. The per capita disposable income of rural residents in Fuping has doubled to 6,542 yuan from 2012, higher than the national average in poverty-hit areas.

Determined to win the war against poverty, China has adopted various means to reduce poverty, including e-commerce, financing, industry, relocation and improvement of infrastructure.

The country is aiming to eradicate rural poverty by 2020 by lifting the remaining 55 million rural poor out of poverty, roughly 10 million each year.