Germany-funded Poverty-relief Project Initiated in Xinjiang

Monday, March 27, 2006

A poverty-relief project has been launched in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, a program funded by joint investment from China and Germany.

The project was initiated on Sunday in Kashi Region and Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture of Kizilsu to the southern area of Xinjiang.

(…)The project aims to assist 30,000 poor villagers living in the area by helping them adopt new water-saving technologies to water over 4,000 hectares of fruit trees.

The German government has already offered Xinjiang about US$5 million of free economic aid for building solar power plants in Hami region and Mongolia Autonomous Prefecture of Bayingolin, enabling 16,000 villagers and herdsmen to use electricity for the first time in their life.

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Source: Development Gateway (link opens in a new window)