About half of Chinese farmers are unwilling to move to cities, despite government initiatives to accelerate urbanization. This is according to a recent report on the challenges posed by industrialization, urbanization, and agricultural modernization…Full Article: CCTV Apr 2016

Key Point

  • According to a report that polled Chinese farmers, approximately 51% expressed interest in moving to urban centers, including 11.8% who indicated a “high interest”. The other 49% of respondents expressed no interest in leaving rural areas.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 1999, China’s agricultural population hit a peak of 865 million, employing half of the country’s population. From 2000 onwards, China’s agricultural population has been on a steadily increasing decline. From 2009 to 2011, its agricultural population declined an average of 0.5% annually, an uptick from the average annual decline of 0.3% from 2000 to 2008. Agricultural employment has mirrored this decline, falling to from 50% to 40% of total employment from 2000 to 2010.
  • China’s urban population was constantly increasing and averaged a 4% annual growth rate from 2000 to 2011. From 1997 to 2000, the number of people living in urban agglomerations with a population above 1 million increased an average of 6% annually. Since 2000, this rate of urbanization to 1 million plus agglomerations slowed slightly to roughly the overall urban growth rate of 4% per year. As of 2010, approximately 37% of China’s urban population lives in urban agglomerations of above 1 million.

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