Li Keqiang presided over the executive meeting of the State Council: listening to the current report on Agricultural work and making good arrangements for the follow-up to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
Li Keqiang presides over the executive meeting of the State Council
Listening to the requirements of the current Agricultural work report to consolidate the Agricultural Foundation and ensure the supply and stable Price of important Agricultural products
Deploy and do a good job in the follow-up to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement to promote greater openness and raise the level of trade and investment liberalization and facilitation
On November 6, Premier Li Keqiang presided over an executive meeting of the State Council to listen to reports on current agricultural work and to consolidate the agricultural foundation, ensure the supply of important agricultural products, and stabilize prices. We will deploy and do a good job in the follow-up to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement to promote greater openness and raise the level of trade and investment liberalization and facilitation.
The meeting pointed out: since the beginning of this year, various localities and relevant departments have conscientiously implemented the arrangements made by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, agricultural production has been generally stable, a bumper grain harvest for the whole year has become a foregone conclusion, and output will be stable at more than 1.3 trillion jin. Various measures to resume pig production are being implemented at a faster pace, and important agricultural products are developing steadily. However, recently, the prices of some "vegetable baskets" have risen rapidly, which has had an impact on the lives of the masses. In the next step, first, it is necessary to properly implement the system of overall responsibility for the province and the mayor of the "vegetable basket", continue to take more measures and resume pig production, and thoroughly clean up the unreasonable prohibition regulations in various localities. We should make use of the conditions such as the bumper harvest of corn in the north to better ensure the feed supply in the big provinces of pigs in the south, give full play to the role of reserve regulation, promote the production of poultry, beef and mutton, ensure market supply, standardize market order, and curb the excessive rise in the prices of some products. At the same time, all localities should comprehensively launch a linkage mechanism between social assistance and security standards and rising prices to ensure the basic livelihood of people in need. Second, we must not relax our efforts to do a good job in grain production and resolutely put our rice bowls in our own hands. In accordance with the requirements of stable area, excellent structure, and improving quality, we should do a good job in autumn and winter seeds, do a good job in drought resistance in summer and autumn areas in southern China, strengthen field management of overwintering crops and disaster prevention and mitigation of agriculture and animal husbandry, and promote a bumper harvest of agricultural and livestock products next year. We will consolidate the foundation for price stability and the increase in farmers' income. Third, it is necessary to strengthen the construction of irrigation and water conservancy this winter and next spring, speed up the repair of water conservancy projects damaged by disasters, and step up the construction of major water conservancy projects that have the conditions to do so, and continuously improve the conditions for agricultural production. We have the ability to ensure that grains are basically self-sufficient and that rations are absolutely safe.
The meeting decided on measures to promote the construction of high-standard farmland with the goal of improving grain production capacity. First, we should give prominence to the protection of cultivated land, land fertility improvement, and efficient water-saving irrigation, so as to achieve the goal of building 1 billion mu of high-standard farmland by 2022, so as to stabilize and ensure grain production capacity of more than 1 trillion jin. The second is to establish and improve the stable growth mechanism of farmland construction investment, and increase the land transfer income and local government bonds to support the construction of high-standard farmland. Adopt a variety of ways to attract social forces to participate in the construction. The third is to explore the reasonable farming system of the combination of land and land to ensure that the quantity and quality of high-standard farmland do not decrease.
The meeting noted that after seven years of painstaking efforts, during the recent series of East Asian cooperation leaders' meetings, the 15 member States of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement announced the conclusion of all text negotiations and virtually all market access negotiations. This marks a major breakthrough in the construction of a free trade zone with the largest population, the most diverse membership structure and the greatest development potential in the world, and is a strong support and useful supplement to the world multilateral trading system. It will set a good example of mutually beneficial and win-win free trade arrangements for countries at different stages of development and systems, and will also help boost market confidence, promote industrial upgrading and employment, and cope with the downward pressure on the world economy. The next step is to urge all parties to complete consultations on a small number of remaining issues as soon as possible, coordinate and cooperate with relevant departments, complete follow-up work within this year, and at the same time push forward relevant reforms. Enterprises are encouraged to seize the opportunity to actively participate in international competition and cooperation. We will further promote the signing of high-standard free trade agreements with more countries and build a new system of open economy at a higher level, so as to enable China's economy to achieve win-win development with all parties in the course of opening wider to the outside world.