Farming cooperatives to enjoy legal status
Updated: 2006-06-24 15:16 Cooperatives founded by farmers will soon enjoy
legal status as Chinese legislators gathered here Saturday to discuss a draft
law to better protect farmers' business interests.
"How to help rural household better combat natural and market risks in
business operation and connect small and sporadic household businesses with
domestic and international markets are major issues in facilitating agricultural
and rural economic development," said Li Chunting, member of the National
People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee.
The draft law on farmers' professional cooperatives was presented to the
legislators for the first deliberation, as household business, major backbone of
China's rural economy, has become ever vulnerable when facing more and more
Currently, China has no law or administrative regulations defining the legal
status of rural cooperatives, which in turn fail to obtain government
registration to guarantee their daily operation