China to take new measures for spring agriculture, secure and increase energy supply

China will adopt measures for healthy agricultural production in spring to ensure a bumper harvest and stable supply of major agricultural products, according to a decision taken at the executive meeting of the State Council chaired by the prime minister on Wednesday. Li Keqiang.

The meeting stressed that job security and price stability are two essential pillars to keep major economic indicators within an appropriate range.

The stability of production and supply of grain and other important agricultural products serves as an anchor for overall economic and social stability, especially to maintain consumer price stability and meet people’s basic needs. . This is particularly important given the growing uncertainties in the international food market and high inflation in some countries.

“We must pay great attention to agricultural production now and follow the agricultural calendar. China enjoys an adequate grain supply and reserve, and this year’s spring planting is progressing steadily. Food security can be guaranteed. Li said.

“All localities must strictly fulfill their food security responsibilities. The coordinated progress of the COVID-19 response and spring agricultural production will be an important part of the performance evaluation,” he said. -he declares.

According to the Prime Minister, special working groups will be set up to coordinate efforts for spring agricultural production, sufficient supply and stable prices of agricultural supplies, and marketing of agricultural products.

Annual cereal area and production targets will be broken down and localities are urged to carry out spring sowing in full and at the optimal time and not to leave any agricultural land fallow. Those who fail to complete assigned tasks will be held accountable.

The main role of new types of agribusinesses will come into play, to provide services such as third-party cultivation and help small family farmers and those affected by COVID-19 cultivate their land.

Concrete efforts must be made to ensure good spring plowing and other agricultural activities. Well-calibrated measures will be taken to organize and guide activities. In order to meet the agricultural calendar, work will be carried out to help migrant farmers return to the country for agriculture, facilitate the availability of agricultural supplies in rural areas, ensure the passage of agricultural machinery and render the services of technicians. agriculture more accessible to farmers.

The “green lane” service policy for the transportation of farm fresh produce will be implemented to facilitate the smooth flow of vegetables and other agricultural products.

Farmer support and assistance policies will be effectively implemented. Funds to help grain production will be returned to farmers as soon as possible.

Measures will be explored to increase agricultural supply subsidies, and grain purchases, if necessary, will be made in a timely manner to keep grain farmers motivated.

The meeting also identified policy measures to secure and increase energy supply and continue to optimize the energy mix, increase efficient investment and job creation, and enhance the capacity of energy to drive development. Economic and Social.

The meeting emphasized that energy is the fundamental foundation for economic and social development. It is essential to meet the new challenges of the external environment according to China’s national conditions and to strengthen energy supply with clear priorities. It is important to plan ahead and stay prepared, to advance energy projects with mature conditions that meet development needs.

“Energy is a critically important issue. We need to plan ahead and stay prepared, and be self-sufficient to ensure energy security,” Li said.

The meeting decided that the role of coal as the main source of energy should be exploited. Concerted efforts should be made to refine review and approval policies regarding production, project construction and other activities of coal companies. Sub-national governments must earnestly fulfill their responsibilities for stable generation and supply, and advanced generation capacities must be fully unleashed.

The country will strive to increase coal production capacity by 300 million tons this year by approving an increase in production capacity, increasing production and commissioning new projects.

Clean and efficient use of coal will be encouraged and the construction of reserve facilities intensified. Market-based and law-based approaches will be applied to steer coal prices towards an appropriate range.

Efforts will be made to retrofit coal-fired power plants to conserve resources, reduce carbon emissions, make operations more flexible and modernize heating facilities, with the aim of increasing energy efficiency and transform more than 220 million kilowatts of coal-fired power capacity this year. .

Such renovation should be carried out during repairs and routine maintenance of power-generating units, in order to avoid disturbing the stable power supply. Financial policies supporting the renovation of coal-fired power plants will be seriously implemented.

Nuclear energy will be developed in a rhythmic manner based on absolute safety and strict control. After years of preparation and comprehensive evaluation and review, approval is granted for the new nuclear power plant projects identified in the national plan in Sanmen of Zhejiang Province, Haiyang of Shandong Province and Lufeng of China. Guangdong province.

“We must fully release the quality coal production capacity. Government departments across the country must provide full support,” Li said. “We must ensure the absolute safety of nuclear power. Regulations in this regard must be effectively enforced.”

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