The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) held a work meeting with the Tibet Autonomous Region on March 15. The two sides exchanged in-depth views on how to consolidate and expand poverty alleviation achievements, develop special agro-industries, and push forward all-round rural revitalization. Tang Renjian, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and Qizhala, Chairman of the Government of the Tibet Autonomous Region, attended the meeting.
Minister Tang pointed out that the Tibet Autonomous Region has always put tasks related to agriculture, rural areas and farmers high on its agenda. This has led to remarkable results in poverty alleviation, income increase for farmers and herdsmen, and increase in the supply of agricultural and livestock products. With these efforts, Tibet’s agriculture and rural areas have seen sound development, contributing significantly to the overall development of the country.
Minister Tang stressed that MARA will strongly support Tibet’s reform and development in agriculture and rural areas, make an earnest plan for its aid program for Tibet during the 14th Five-Year Plan Period, offer preferential conditions on policies, projects, and funds, and send more technical personnel to help Tibet out of difficulties.
He also expressed his hope that Tibet could consolidate and expand its achievements in poverty alleviation and thus forestall a large-scale reemergence of poverty. Efforts are expected to be made to develop plateau industries with high quality, further extend the industrial chain, and move up the value chain.
Qizhala said that during the 13th Five-Year Plan Period, MARA provided great support to Tibet’s agriculture, leading to a continuous improvement in Tibet’s agricultural and animal husbandry development both in terms of quality and efficiency. During the 14th Five-Year Plan Period, Tibet will accelerate the high-quality development of agriculture and animal husbandry, focusing on improving infrastructure, enhancing innovation in the seed industry, enhancing industrial development capacity, and training more high-tech talents.
He also expressed his hope that MARA could provide more support for Tibet on agricultural aid program, high-standard farmland construction, toilet reform in rural areas and development of a modern seed industry.
Liu Huanxin, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Wang Zhengpu, Deputy Director of the Office of the Central Leading Group for Rural Affairs and Director of the National Administration of Rural Revitalization, Wei Baigang, Chief Economist and Director of the General Office of MARA, and Jiancan, Vice Chairman of the Government of the Tibet Autonomous Region, also participated in the meeting.