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Report on China's Agricultural Modernization

May 25, 2012

Chinese Modernization Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) released the China Modernization Report 2012 - Agricultural Modernization Research. The report predicts that China will likely complete its transition from traditional agriculture to modem agriculture by 2030. This period will be characterized by an improved market system, mechanization, improved seed varieties, and adequate irrigation, among others.

In 2050, China will achieve further growth from a state of industrialization of its agriculture to knowledge-based agriculture. The report points out the following opportunities and challenges in the 21st century of Chinese agricultural modernization: population, land, water resources, agricultural labor, and agricultural productivity.

Key strategies for Chinese agricultural modernization include: improving agricultural efficiency, enhancing reforms for agricultural science and technology, improving investment proportion of agricultural science and technology; implementing farmers training programs, and raising farmers' level of education and per capita income.

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