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China’s Agricultural Population May Decline to 10 Percent

According to Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China‘s agricultural population may decline to about 10 percent.  Currently, about 40 percent of China’s population is engaged in agriculture.

Zhao Hui, an official from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, stated in an interview that as urbanization continues, fewer and fewer people will engage in farming. It is likely that the agricultural population will drop to about 10 percent of the total population. The land used for rural development, however, is about 3.5 times the land used for urban development. That is, it is 70 percent of the total land for development is used for rural development. To avoid having 10 percent of the population use 70 percent of the land, Zhao urged that China should have breakthrough in the institutional mechanisms to allow a rational allocation and flow of population and resources.  
Source: Beijing Business Today reprinted by Xinhua, June 6, 2014