China unveiled its "No. 1 central
document" for 2021 on Sunday, stressing the efforts to comprehensively
push forward rural vitalization and accelerate the modernization of
agriculture and rural areas.
first policy statement released by China's central authorities each
year, the document is seen as an indicator of policy priorities. Work on
agriculture and rural areas has been high on the agenda for 18
consecutive years since 2004.
the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), the Communist Party of China
will regard work concerning agriculture, rural areas and farmers as its
top priority, said the document.
will make the comprehensive advancement of rural vitalization a major
task in realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and will
speed up the modernization of agriculture and the countryside with the
efforts of the whole Party and society," according to the document.
document clearly lists the targets and tasks concerning agriculture and
rural areas for 2021, as well as a broader vision for the period up to
This year, the country will
keep its sown areas stable, with the grain output to exceed 650 billion
kg, further improve the quality of agricultural products and food
safety, and ensure that the growth of farmers' incomes outpaces that of
urban residents, said the document.
country will also start implementing the plan on the modernization of
agriculture and the countryside, and further promote reforms in rural
By 2025, China will see
substantial progress in the modernization of agriculture and the
countryside, with achievements seen for a more solid agricultural
foundation, a narrower income gap between rural and urban residents, and
basically realizing agricultural modernization where conditions permit,
said the document.