Agriculture and rural economy in east China’s Anhui province recorded high-quality development in 2017, as their growth began to largely rely on sci-tech innovation and a more highly-skilled workforce, instead of material inputs, local authorities said at an annual agricultural work conference.
Statistics showed there were 89,000 agricultural co-ops and 77,000 family farms across the province last year. It outshone any other province in the country by number of family farms.
New agricultural operators like co-ops and farms are emerging as the main force behind modern agricultural development and rural revitalization.
The meeting called for more efforts to develop family farms, encouraging returned migrant workers, vocational students and veterans to start family farms, with an aim of raising the total number to 85,000 this year.
In addition, the province will nurture 47,000 “professional farmers” that are fond of farming, technically savvy and good at running businesses.