A farmer in a village in China can now use a computer to get help from an agronomist several hundred kilometers away about rice planting. This information helps to get proper guidelines regarding plantation and marketing of agri products to get more money.
Improving communications in the countryside is regarded as a crucial way to help the rural poor become affluent and reduce the wealth divide between urban and rural areas. Over the next five years, China aims to make the Internet available in every administrative village in central and eastern China, and in every township in its west. Improving the spread of information will greatly change the rural scenrio. By the end of 2005, 97.1 percent of the rural administrative villages will have access to telephones in China, said the ministry. It hopes that all administrative villages will have telephones in two years.