Chinese authorities have detailed new measures to boost e-commerce in rural areas, pledging diversified financial support to tap consumption potential in the underdeveloped market.
China will accelerate the building of a more efficient circulation system for agricultural products and a modern market system, according to a joint work plan released by government agencies including the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Commerce.
The plan sought to foster more demonstration counties that featured upgraded e-commerce, low logistics costs and smooth flows of industrial goods and farm produce.
Local authorities would be encouraged to adopt a string of financial support policies including direct and indirect subsidies to boost consumption, according to the plan.
China would also fast-track allocations of central fiscal funds and enhance capital efficiency to enable social capital to join the effort.
As the novel Coronavirus epidemic dented consumption, China had been encouraging innovative ways to tap market potential, especially in the countryside.
County chiefs and city mayors had promoted local products via live streaming, according to the data from the Ministry of Commerce.
In Q1, online sales of farm produce reached 93.68 billion yuan (about 13.16 billion U.S. dollars), up 31 per cent year on year, according to the ministry.