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Xiamen farmers enjoy higher income from January to September

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: Oct 31, 2019


Farmers in Xiang'an district, Xiamen, East China's Fujian province, are blessed with a bountiful pitaya (dragon fruit) harvest this year. [Photo by Zhang Tianjiao/xmnn.cn]

Farmers in Xiamen, East China's Fujian province, saw their per capita disposable incomes grow to 20,592 yuan ($2,943) in the first three quarters of this year, a year-on-year increase of 10.8 percent. The city ranked first in the province in terms of total income and income growth rate, according to official data from Oct 31.

In recent years, Xiamen has been beefing up efforts to promote agricultural supply-side structural reforms and facilitate the integrated development of the primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors in order to modernize traditional farming techniques and accelerate the development of rural tourism and the rural service industry.

New types of businesses combining agriculture and other industries, such as culture, tourism, and education, have seen rapid growth, and an "agriculture+" pattern has taken shape in the city. In 2018, rural tourism in Xiamen brought in a total of 840 million yuan ($119.43 million), growing by 16 percent year-on-year.

In addition, the city has adopted important measures to carry out rural rejuvenation. Significant efforts have been made to popularize agricultural science and cultivate agricultural talent to promote the development of agriculture in the city.