China will press full-scale reform in farms and villages to speed up agricultural modernization, the official Xinhua news agency reported Sunday, citing the State Council. The measures are part of the so-called No. 1 central document issued by China’s cabinet over the weekend. The 33-point document features four major initiatives, namely, guaranteeing the quantity and quality of food supply, establishing a long-term sustainable mechanism, balancing development of rural and urban areas and separating farmland ownership, experts were quoted as saying. Also, the government will maintain subsidies to farmers and strengthen insurance protection for three main types of grain — rice, wheat and corn, the report said.
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