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ars) per day. They▓ also receive 4,000 yuan per year to rent their farmland.Tang Rongbin's house was renova▓ted with a government fund."I never dreamed of living in such a hous

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e before," he said. He rents three rooms of his house to a tourism company.Farmers in Luotuowan no longer cultivate the traditional crops of potato and corn, once their major income source. Instead, they grow apple trees and mushrooms, with investment from two companies. This brings more income

in the form of rents, s▓alaries and bonuses

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from the two firms.Per cap▓ita income in the village increased to 3,000 yuan in 2015 from less than 1,000 in 2012. In 2015 alone, 4▓8 families escaped from poverty."Poverty redu

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ction cann▓ot simply rely on 'transfusing blood.' We mu▓st take advantage of resources and develop industries," said Xu Xiangdong, an official from the provincia▓l housing department who was dispatched to the village to help eradicate poverty.It is common for officials to be chosen to work in villages on po▓verty reduction.In the past four yea▓rs, Fuping County's per capita income of farmers increased from 3,262 yuan to 5,815 y▓uan in 2015, and its poverty-hit population has b▓een reduced to 60,000, said Hao Guochi, Fuping Par▓ty secretary.China is aiming to eradicate rural poverty by 2020, lifting the remaining 55 million rural

poor out of poverty, roughly 10 million eac

h year. The country's poverty line is 2,300 yuan in annual income.AGRITAINMENT AND INDUSTRIES CUT

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POVERTYXi has visited a number of villages and counties since▓ 2012, repeatedly stressing the importance of poverty reduct▓ion and creating policy to address the issue.Liang Qiang, ▓26, began sweeping the scattered snow from his courtyard at first light Wednesday. He was expecting▓ a dozen tourists to dine and rest at his ▓lo

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dgings. Liang is in "agritainment," a trend to incorporate entertain

ment on farms and in rural tourist areas.Liang is a villag

er in Shaanxi Province's Liangjiah▓e, w

here Xi worked as a rural labo

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