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China's forestry output to reach CNY 7 trillion in 2017

The output value of China’s forestry sector will reach CNY 7 trillion (≈ US$1.1 trillion) in 2017 on the back of continued input according to a State Council PRC statement.

China has seen the fastest growth of forestry resources worldwide, with an improving environment and higher forestry productivity, Zhang Jianlong, Head of the State Forestry Administration, said at a conference in Beijing.

According to the statement, the country has raised “ecological construction” to an unprecedented level over the past five years, with afforestation one of its major projects. Forestry development has lifted 1.08 million people out of poverty in 2017, playing a bigger role in raising farmers’ incomes.

In the future, China will continue to carry out afforestation projects and help to lift more families out of poverty, Zhang said.

By the end of 2015, the total area of China’s forests stood at 208 million hectares and forest coverage was 21.66 percent of the land area. China’s forestry sector aims to see its total industrial output value reach CNY 8.7 trillion (≈ US$1.36 trillion) by 2020, according to the development plan for the period of 2016 to 2020.

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