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Impoverished people in Hechi drops by 150,000 in 2015

By Zhang Qiong (chinadaily.com.cn)

The number of poor people in Hechi's rural area is expected to reduce to 680,000 this year, a drop of more than 150,000 from 2014, Hechi Daily reported.

In 2015, the total output value of farming, forestry, animal husbandry and fishery sectors in Hechi, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region has exceeded 23.64 billion yuan ($3.69 billion). Meanwhile, the rural per capita net income reached 6,200 yuan annually, a year-on-year growth of more than 8 percent.

Statistics from earlier local media reports show that the city's rural poor population had dropped from 1.6 million in 2010 to 837,000 by the end of 2014. The poor population refers to those with annual net income below the official national poverty line of 2,300 yuan.

The local government has launched a new round of poverty alleviation efforts since 2011. And based on the above figures, altogether 940,000 people are believed to have been lifted out of poverty in last five years.

Experts say that one of the significant drive forces behind the improvement is the government's effort to boost agriculture.

While maintaining its traditional advantage in sericulture sector, the city also makes significant strides to cultivate leisure agriculture brands featuring "ecology, green and longevity". Also, "Internet Plus" marketing mode has been introduced to benefit farmers in agricultural product sales.

Edited by Shahnawaz Akhtar

Hechi is located in the northwestern part of Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and the southern foothills of the Yungui Plateau.