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Huang Mengfu: Poverty Reduction Programs Change Yilong

During his fourth inspection of the aid projects of ACFIC in Yilong County of Sichuan Province in southwestern China on October 17 and 18, ACFIC Chairman Huang Mengfu promised to augment ACFIC"s investment inits poverty alleviation programs in the old revolutionary base to boost the enthusiasm of the farmers for production as well as widen the circle of beneficiaries.

ACFIC and the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development signed an agreement on comprehensive bilateral cooperation in poverty relief and development on October 17, 2004, kicking off the participation of ACFIC in the poverty reduction efforts in Yilong.

Seven years later, more than 40 entrepreneurs or their representatives from the country"s 15 renowned enterprises, including Sichuan Hongda Group, Jiangsu Huangpu Group, People Appliance, Suning Appliance, Hanergy, and Inner Mongolia Dongda Group, joined this recent inspection.

In Yilong, Huang and his delegation inspected a primary school named after the Shimao Group and Guangcai Program in Jinshi Village of Shuangsheng Township, as well as the agricultural technology demonstration parks, pig farms, and vineyards in three villages in Wupeng Township.

Rao Jun, a villager in Jintang Bay, said that thanks to the roads built with ACFIC"s aid fund, the villagers can easily transport their fruits to the markets as soon as the fruits mature.

Huang urged the local cadres to pay more attention to the opinions of the villagers before spending the fund to ensure its efficiency.

Huang also promised to augment ACFIC"s investment in the poverty alleviation programs to boost the enthusiasm of the farmers for production as well as widen the circle of beneficiaries.

He said that he saw profound changes on each visit of Yilong and he encouraged the local people to promote their projects in a stable manner to achieve long-term prosperity.

Huang pointed out that the poverty relief efforts by ACFIC is only an "external force", while the wish of the locals to get rich is the "internal motivation" for getting rid of poverty.

Huang stressed that a new way of thinking is needed for the future poverty alleviation work, especially regarding the source and application of the aid fund.

Currently, the fund is mainly invested in solving the emergencies, such as house renovation, drinking water and traffic infrastructure facilities. In the future, in addition to boosting the investment in the above fields, the fund should be integrated with the private capital in an organic manner.

"The Guangcai Program sponsored by private enterprises has changed the concept of poverty alleviation, from blood transfusion to blooding creation," he said.

He added that the participation of private enterprises is able to inspire the enthusiasm of the people in the poor areas, rally the farmers around rural economic groups, and utilize the resources, to achieve the ultimate goal of helping them to get rich.

Huang said that the current problem is that ACFIC and Yilong should work out a poverty alleviation model, gather experience, and then copy and promote it.

Since its establishment in 2008, the ACFIC Poverty Alleviation Committee has turned the money donated by the private enterprises into rolling aid fund for production projects in the forms of small loans with free use for aid projects of rolling development, to help farmers to boost production and get rich.

He hoped that this model of poverty alleviation can be further expanded.

"Its significance lies not only in helping a village or a county to get rid of poverty, but more importantly, increating a model of virtuous cycle that allows the farmers themselves to learn how to make money and get rich," he said.

Date:2011-10-20 11:57:18