China announced on Friday [20 March 2015] a pilot program, allowing the trade of rural land use rights for stakes in farming entities. The pilot program will be run in three experimental rural reform regions in Jiangsu, Sichuan and Guizhou, and four counties in Heilongjiang, Shandong, Zhejiang and Chongqing Municipality, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement…Full Article: China Daily Mar 2015

Key Point

  • Farmers (via collective ownership/community) have rural land use rights. These rights are not absolute and are limited. In theory, farmers will be granted permission to give up these land rights for shares in farming enterprises. Local governments will have until May 2015 to formulate a plan to transfer the rights for shares.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In December 2013, it was reported that China plans to initiate a farm land right program in two provinces in 2014, with hopes to expand the program to the entire country by 2015. The initiative began as a pilot program in 2008.
  • In 1978, China began redistributing collectivized farmland to farmers under the newly established household contract responsibility system

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