Caixin OnlineEnvironment Farmers Wonder If Tree-Planting Subsidy Will Be Chopped Down
11.19.2013 15:05

Farmers Wonder If Tree-Planting Subsidy Will Be Chopped Down

The government has been paying peasants to convert their land to forest, but an end to those payments could mean recent environmental gains are lost
By staff reporter Wang Heyan and intern reporter Zhang Xia

(Beijing) – Hundreds of millions of peasants are wondering whether to plant trees or crops on their farmland next year, as key government subsidies are set to expire.

Starting this year, subsidies to peasants for growing trees on their farmland – subsidies that have been around for almost 15 years – are scheduled to be phased out in the 25 provinces and regions involved. It is unclear whether the government will extend them.

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