China will steadily push forward the issuance of land-use certificates in rural areas, aiming to complete the work in five years, Xinhua news agency cited agriculture minister Han Changfu as saying Wednesday. “China will expand the registration to more areas in 2014…and try to roll out the scheme nationwide in 2015 with an aim to finish the work in five years,” Han was quoted as saying at a national meeting on agriculture. Registration of rural land-use rights has been under the spotlight after a key reform meeting last month decided to gradually allow farmers to transfer and mortgage their land-use rights, or turn the rights into shares in large-scale farming entities. To allow the gradual transfer of rural land-use rights, the first step would be the registration and confirmation of the rights.
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