China loosens land transfer rules to spur larger, more efficient farms | Land Portal

By: Elias Glenn and Kevin Yao

Date: November 3rd 2016

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation


China has relaxed rules to allow farmers to transfer their land rights to help promote more efficient, large-scale farms, amid an exodus of farm workers to the cities.


The authorities on Sunday recommended separating various rights to rural land, which they say would improve land circulation, increase farmers' incomes, and contribute to the development of modern agriculture.


China's Agriculture Minister Han Changfu told a news conference on Thursday that the separation of rural land ownership rights, contracted rights and operating rights is a key reform step.


"This helps guide the orderly transfer of land operating rights and lay a system foundation for appropriate-scale agricultural operations the development and modern agriculture," he said.


The step will help improve land and labor efficiency in the farm sector, he said, but he added that farmers will not be forced to transfer their land rights.


Farmland in China is collectively owned and farmers only have the right to contract and use the land. Many rural migrant workers have leased out their land to those who stay in the countryside or commercial entities.


Over 30 percent of rural land has already been leased to others to operate, said Han.


Chinese farmers still cannot sell their land rights freely and the lack of clear rights makes many farmers vulnerable to land grabs by local administrations for development. A program to issue certificates confirming rights to land has covered 60 percent of farmland.


He said the guidelines will also better protect the rights of those that lease and operate the land from farmers, helping to encourage more investment in more efficient and productive agriculture.


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