Nao Nakanishi: Farmers feel left behind in growth story

From The Standard:

Chinese grain farmers should be enjoying the best of times.

Farmers’ incomes rose last year following the first spike in grain prices in years while Beijing cut farm taxes and introduced subsidies, all during a bumper crop year.

Nevertheless, industry analysts say China still faces an uphill battle keeping restive farmers on the land, not to mention keeping grain production on the rise, as anger mounts among the hundreds of millions of peasants left behind in the country’s economic boom.

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