The Chinese Minister of Land and Resources Sun Wensheng warned against
illegal use of farmland in the name of building new socialist countryside,
Wednesday's Economic Daily said.
The paper quoted the minister as saying that China should strengthen
administration over land resources in the rural areas, and adhere to the strict
protection mechanism over the farmland.
Sun urged various localities to stop illegal occupancy of farmland in the
country's new strategy on rural development and required to guarantee the
interests of farmers if their lands were used for other purpose.
The strategic drive of building new socialist countryside in China may result
in large scale infrastructure construction in the rural areas. The ministry
stressed land problems should be addressed properly.
Sun said China is promoting the reform on land resources utilization in the
rural areas in a gradual way.
The government will strengthen supervision over farmland utilization and
control the quantity and scope of non-farming land used in the rural areas, said
He added that the government will also tighten supervision over the
compensation and allocation measures to the farmers who lost their land, so as
to ensure proper interests of the farmers.
The government is also promoting an arbitration system over disputes on land
compensation across the country, he said.