China returns more farmland into forest

Friday 2 Aug 2019

China had seen its forest increase by around 33.5 million hectares since the project of returning farmland to forest and grassland was launched in 1999, a forestry official said. The increased area accounted for 42.5 percent of the country's artificial forests, Zhou Hongsheng, an official with the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, recently told a press conference.

China has had two rounds of returning farmland to forest and grassland, with the total investment exceeding US$72 billion. "The project has accelerated the process of national afforestation, and the forest coverage rates in the project areas have increased by an average of more than 4 percent" Zhou said, adding that 32 million farming households were able to benefit directly from policy subsidies of more than 9,800 yuan per household.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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