Date
24 October 2017

Official warns against forced rural land transfer, Xinhua says

Rural land transfers should not be forced and must be carried out in an orderly and gradual fashion, Xinhua reported Sunday, citing Zhang Hongyu, head of the Ministry of Agriculture’s Rural Economic System and Management Department. Zhang said farmers should decide the price and terms of rights transfers and their will should be respected so that their rights are not infringed. According to ministry data, 22.67 million hectares of rural land, or 26 percent of the total, had been transferred as of end-2013, up 17.1 percentage points from the end of 2008, the report said.

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