A plan to target poverty alleviation by developing appropriate and suitable industries to boost economic growth and raise income in the least-developed areas has been approved by Chinese government.
The plan, as part of a five-year program for poverty alleviation, is a way of precisely alleviating these regions from low income conditions and poor living standards.
Last year, President Xi Jinping pledged to eradicate poverty on Chinese mainland by 2020, enabling 55.75 million people in 592 counties with anannual income per capita under the poverty line of 2,800 yuan to earn more.
According to the statement, the plan will accelerate a series of major projects that focus on border areas, areas with ethnic groups and clustered poverty-stricken areas. The targeted poverty alleviation plan will also promote forestry, tourism and e-commerce and produce products for each village, township and county, aiming to increase farmer income and diversify the local economy.
Targeted poverty alleviation has been espoused for years, changing from the traditional method of granting money or distributing food and other goods to locals to developing an industry to establish an enduring channel of income.
In addition, favorable policies in financing and land will be conducted in the plan while the east will be encouraged to help the west promote balanced development, the statement said.
"Targeted poverty alleviation has shifted its focus to specific farmers and their families from the traditional focus on regional development," said Li Xiaoyun, a professor of rural studies at China Agricultural University. This framework sets specific targets for objectives, projects, funds and who will benefit, the professor added.