(Yicai Global) April 23 -- The total number of China’s migrant workers and their incomes continued to grow in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest data.
The total number of migrant workers in China reached 174 million in the first quarter, up 1.1 percent year-on-year, said Wei Baigang, head of development planning division of the ministry of agriculture and rural affairs, today. Migrant workers’ average monthly income grew 7.3 percent annually to CNY3,736 (USD593), the state-run China News Service reported.
Incomes of China’s farmers continued to grow rapidly, with per capita disposable income growing 8.9 percent on a nominal basis to CNY4,226, showed data released by the National Bureau of Statistics. Excluding price factors, their income grew 6.8 percent in real terms, which was in line with China’s GDP growth, 1.1 percentage points higher than the income growth of urban residents.
New business types have also emerged in rural areas in recent years, with the integration of the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors speeding up. The agricultural product processing industry grew steadily in the first quarter, with the added value of the industry above designated size rising over 6 percent year-on-year. The leisure agriculture and rural tourism grew rapidly, with the number of visitors rising 10 percent year-on-year in the first quarter.
Agricultural products e-commerce also boomed, with online sales of such products surged 38.8 percent annually to CNY45.2 billion. China’s e-commerce platforms launched special campaigns for the Chinese Lunar New Year to boost online and offline integration and sales of agricultural products in cities.
Editor: Mevlut Katik