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i. The worseni▓ng drought has damaged wide swathes of ve▓getables and sparked sharp price hikes. Many vegetable prices have more than doubled. ▓Hou Junfa, a purchasing manager in a hotel in Nanning, capital of Guangxi, said vegetable prices continued to surge even after the Chinese Lunar New Year when prices usually fall. Wang Wenying, a wholesaler in Nanning, said that prices of onion and potato co▓ntinued to rise because of output declines in Yunnan, a main vegetable producing region. The price hikes have resulted in increases in household expending. A local resident in Nanning, surnamed Yang, sai

d he▓ spent five yuan more on vegetables than a month ago. Some residents choose to buy ▓cheaper vegetables to cut household expending. BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- China will put more investment, subsidies, fiscal and policy su▓pports into rural areas this year so as to better coordinate urban and rural development, the central government said Sunday in ▓its first policy document of the year."Working for coor▓d

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inated development between urban and rural areas is the fundamental requirement of building a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way," said the document.The document, jointly issued by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of ▓China (CPC) and the State Council, or the Cabinet, p▓romised to improve the livelihood of rural residents, ▓which it said is one of the main tasks ▓in China's efforts to adjust resident income distribution system.Expanding rural demand should be the key measure in boosting domestic demand, it said, while developing modern agriculture should be considered as a major task in tr▓ansforming China's economic growth pattern.It called f▓or more efforts to

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