Fuzhou moves to block building on farmland

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 August, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 August, 1997, 12:00am
 

Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province, will stop diverting land for non-agricultural purposes, particularly the real-estate sector, according to official reports.


City land administration bureau officials said the move was part of a national drive to protect arable land and check on farmland used by real estate businesses, Xinhua (the New China News Agency) reported.


Massive real estate development poses a threat to farmland in Fuzhou and throughout the mainland.


In its continuing check, Fuzhou has investigated 138 tracts of land that were left idle by real-estate developers and retrieved 33 tracts.


To cope with the situation, strict measures - including imposing fees on idle land and demolishing illegal make-shift buildings - have been introduced to protect and save farmland, the report said.


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