21-11-2013 05:49 AM | China

China's farmers await revolution in land reform

China’s promise to allow 600 million farmers to trade land could enable vast numbers to find a better life, but Lu Jinliang’s experience shows the challenges of implementing reform, including entrenched local government interests.

Two years ago, he rented out a small patch of fallow land to a neighbour in Gangzhong village to raise pigs, with the 480 yuan (HK$607) annual income supplementing his salary from working in a sweater factory.

But local authorities invalidated the arrangement for Lu and 25 other families in July, saying pig sties were not allowed on the land even though it was earmarked for “agriculture”.
Full Story : South China Morning Post