中文 | CONTACT US
You are here: Home Page >> Events >> Text

Deeping on Supply-side Agricultural Reform to Increase Farmers’ Income

Date: 2017-06-28

 
On June 22, COSC held a special seminar on the supply-side structural reform. COSC Vice Chairman Wang Weimin chaired the seminar. Mr. Chen Xiaohua Vice Minister of Agriculture was invited to make a special report on this topic and had interactions with counsellors of the State Council and COSC research fellows. 
 
The Special Seminar on the Supply-side Agricultural Reform

“One measure of the success of the reform is whether farmers have increased their income,” said Chen Xiaohua.

In February, the central government released its first policy document of the year on promoting the supply-side structural reform and fostering new drivers for rural and agricultural development. As Chen said, increasing farmers’ income and ensuring effective supply is a primary goal identified in the document for supply-side agricultural reform.

Chen said that the fundamentals of rural and agricultural development are good. New, steady progress has been made. However, difficulties and challenges remain, such as weak growth drivers, unbalanced agricultural structure and unsustainability of models of agricultural production. This makes it an imperative to promote supply-side structural reform.

What is supply-side structural reform? According to Chen, there are two key elements: structural adjustment and deeper reform. The two combined constitute the supply-side structural reform and are the priorities of the reform.
Specifically, three adjustments should be made and three supports enhanced. The adjustments take place in product structure, model of production and industrial system. At the same time, support should be enhanced in science and technology, basic sectors and agricultural parks. The reform aims to revitalize the market, market players and elements of production.  
 
Vice Minister of Agriculture Chen Xiaohua makes a special report.
 
Chen said China’s agricultural products are safe in general and it is important to let our people feel assured about food safety.  One task of structural adjustment is to increase the supply of green and quality agricultural produce. The quality and safety of agricultural produce should be improved through strict supervision and standardized production. Environmental clean-up efforts are being intensified across the country. In recent years, China is working hard to treat heavy metal pollution.

About what makes the ongoing reform different from previous ones, Chen said “To improve the quality and efficiency of the agricultural sector, more attention should be paid to new business models and new industries, integrate the primary, secondary and tertiary industries, and increase farmers’ income. These are the prominent features of the reform.” That said, the reform should be put in perspective. Chen underscored the importance to use market means to push through the reform and get prepared for the pains that come with the reform. The bottom line of food security should be upheld and must never be neglected.

The participating counsellors of the State Council and COSC research fellows offered suggestions on the safety of agricultural products, the use of pesticides and other chemicals as well as agricultural data. Chen promised intensified efforts on all fronts and welcomed joint efforts on research as well as ideas and advice on the supply-side agricultrual reform.