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CCP No. 1 Document for 2012 Is on Agricultural Innovation

The Chinese Communist Party issued its first official policy document in 2012, called the No. 1 Document, on the promotion of agricultural innovation. This is the ninth consecutive year that the No. 1 Document has had rural issues as the theme, but it is the first time it has focused on agricultural science and technological development. It emphasizes that more attention must be placed on technological innovation. Three sections of the six section document discuss this focus. Specifically, it would “substantially increase investments and subsidies for the agricultural technology sector, promote great leaps forwards in the sector, and provide a strong momentum for improvements in land yield, farmers’ income, and rural prosperity.”

Source: Xinhua, February 1, 2012