China Boasts of Water Conservancy Investment

BEIJING

As part of the country’s poverty-relief efforts, the central government reached a record high level of investment of 226.6 billion yuan ($34.3 billion) between 2012 and 2016, Zhou Xuewen, deputy minister of water resources, told a forum. The investment helped lift more than 300,000 rural people out of poverty, enabled 110 million rural residents to have safe drinking water, built water-saving irrigation systems on 34 million mu (about 2.3 million hectares) of farmland, and treated water and soil erosion on 41,000 square kilometers of land, Zhou said.

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