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Strengthening the Protection of Farmland and Improving the Balance Between the Occupation and Complementation of It in Zhejiang Province
2018-09-03 10:36:57

In order to ensure the grain production capacity and land factor guarantee capacity in this province, CPC Zhejiang Province Committee and the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province recently issued the “Opinions on the Implementation of Strengthening the Protection of Farmland and Improving the Balance between Occupation and Complementation of it” (hereinafter referred to as the “Implementation Opinions”). On August 30th, the Information Office of the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province held a press conference on the protection of farmland in Zhejiang Province. The relevant person from the Department of Land and Resources of Zhejiang Province introduced the work of the protection of farmland and the improvement of the balance between the occupation of land and the complementation of it in this province, and interpreted the Implementation Opinions.

 

The relevant person from the Department of Land and Resources of Zhejiang Province said that Zhejiang implements the strictest farmland protection system and protects farmland like the protection of giant pandas. At present, the province has designated a total of 29.395 million mu of permanent basic farmland, including 1,100,000 mu of permanent basic farmland demonstration area, and created 15.35 million mu of high-standard farmland. The Implementation Opinions clarify that by 2020, the amount of farmland in this province will reach no less than 28.18 million mu, including a protection area of no less than 23.98 million mu of permanent basic farmland, a demonstration area of no less than 10 million mu of the permanent basic farmland, a grain production functional area of no Less than 8 million mu, and a total of 2004 million mu of high-standard farmland. Until this year, the farmland protection system will become more perfect, the management of the balance between the occupation and the complementation will become more standardized, and the level of saving the intensive land use will be continuously improved, thus forming a new protection pattern of “three in one”, quantity, quality and ecology, and striving to take the lead to build a demonstration province of the conservation and intensivism of land and resources.

 

The “Implementation Opinions” requires that once the permanent basic farmland and the demonstration zone are demarcated, no unit or individual may occupy them or change their use without authorization. The advance approval system for the land use for construction projects must be strictly implemented. If the use of the permanent basic farmland is legally approved, the payment for the construction on the occupied land shall double the highest standard of the fees paid for the cultivation of farmland; if the use of the farmland in the demonstration area is legally approved, the payment shall triple the highest standard of the fees paid for the cultivation of farmland. These stipulations “embodies the special protection of the permanent basic farmland and especially of the demonstration area”, said the relevant person from the Department of Land and Resources of Zhejiang Province.

 

The “Implementation Opinions” have further improved the measures for the balance between the occupation of land and the complementation of it, expanded the ways and means for the addition of farmland, improved the system of the grading and overall management of farmland, established a new mechanism of the balance between the occupation of land and the complementation of it, with quantity as the basis and production capacity as the core, and explored a new way to achieve the balance between the occupation of land and the complementation of it for construction projects featuring the “combination of complement and transformation”.

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