A draft law on promoting rural vitalization has added stipulations regarding farmland improvements and seed protection to emphasize the significance of China’s food security. The draft law was submitted at a session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, for a third review on Monday. Stipulations on ensuring national food security have been shifted to the general provisions of the draft law, while the national strategy of “improving farmland and technology” has been added to the implementation principles. Li Fei, a senior legislator with the constitution and law committee of the NPC, said China should take steps to increase food production capacity, build major grain producing areas and improve food processing and circulation to ensure national food security. The draft also includes new stipulations on ensuring the safe and effective supply of agricultural products. It strictly controls transferring farmland for forestry or construction use, Li said. Liu Luxiang, deputy director of the Institute of Crop Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, said the draft law summarized the country’s efforts to ensure food security, and it will push governments at all levels to take measures. “The draft will assemble various resources in fields related… Read full this story
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