On March 9, 2020 the provincial government administration office of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region announced that 20 national poverty-stricken counties were lifted out of poverty-stricken list, one of which is the Keyouqianqi (Horqin Right-wing Front Banner)—the designated recipient of aid from BFU under the National Targeted Poverty Alleviation Program. The decision notice was made according to the banner’s application followed by review by the municipal government, verification assessment of the provincial government and final approval by the poverty alleviation leading group of the autonomous region for announcement for soliciting public opinions according to the document “On Establishing the Withdrawal Mechanism of Poverty County ”(No.11 of 2018) issued by general administration office of CPC party committee and the provincial government administration office of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Since 2013, BFU has been one of the first 44 universities under direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education to participate in poverty alleviation program at the central level, according to the relevant arrangements of Poverty Relief Office of the State Council and the Ministry.
The BFU CPC party committee has attached high priority to the targeted poverty alleviation program. By following the General Party Secretary Xi Jinping’s important instructions on poverty reduction and adhering to the concrete deployment of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, BFU has taken the above poverty reduction program as a sure choice to fulfill “The Four Major Services”, a crucial pathway to be ranked among the world first class forestry universities, and a practical criteria to test educational outputs, to train personnel and to improve work style. The program has been taken as a major political task and social responsibility for concentrated heart felt efforts and emotions for execution.
Over the past eight years, the university has given full play to its distinctive advantages as the national top green development higher education institution, to make remarkable achievements in helping the locality better off.
Over the past eight years, Wang Hongyuan, the CPC party secretary and An Lizhe, the President with other university leaders have visited for 19 person times the Keyouqianqi to investigate, guide the poverty alleviation program.
BFU has fulfilled all its targeted tasks stipulated in the Central Intuitional Targeted Poverty Alleviation Responsibility Statement signed with the Poverty Relief Office of the State Council, including that concerning assistance funds, personnel training and poverty alleviation consumption. So far more than 5.9 million yuan has been made available as input for poverty alleviation program in Horqin.
More than 14.26 million yuan of assistance funds were introduced. Meanwhile, 4 persons were sent to Banner to shoulder leadership responsibility, 20 volunteer teachers and 40 volunteer professors, experts, postgraduates and undergraduates totaling more than 385 person times were sent to Banner poor areas for technological services or consultancies.
More than 3,400 person-times local party and governmental cadres were trained in various forms, and over 2,000 leaders key technicians, heads of local poverty alleviation programs, members of agricultural and animal husbandry cooperatives have been trained.
More than 10 Science and Technology Assistance Projects were set up for execution with a special funding more than 1.5 million yuan.
BFU canteens and the Worker’s Union purchased directly more than 5.5 million yuan of agricultural products from the Banner while helping sell more than 13 million yuan of agricultural products through various channels.
Besides, BFU organized a series of innovative supporting projects such as BFU Customization of New Yuanxin Village, Happy Offer to Grassland, Hand-in-hand, Professorship Service Group.
In the great journey to win the battle against poverty, BFU that shouldered the right burden to carry out its the mission successfully with its devoted teachers and students.
By the end of 2019, the number of Horqin poor households were reduced by 10,230 for 24,086 people while the remaining 433 households for 1,042 people not lifted out of poverty. The poverty incidence rate has dropped from 17.12% in 2014 to 0.36%. With these Horqin has successfully passed the acceptance assessment of poverty alleviation of Inner Mongolia autonomous region with honorary title of “National Green Agricultural Development Pilot Zone”, the only banner/county in Inner Mongolia to win this honor.
Year 2020 is the final year to build up the well-off society in an all-round way. In order to win comprehensively the poverty alleviation battle, BFU will continue the supporting programs with the Keyouqianqi following its lift out of state designated poverty county list. The new goal is to prevent the banner from poverty recurrence with focus on rural revitalization and industrial development. Although the Keyouqianqi was lifted out of poverty, the responsibility to help the poor remains, the supervision shall remain. BFU will make its uttermost efforts to fulfill its responsibility for the Party and the people.
Written by:Li Jia; Reviewed: Liu Yao; Translated by: Lou Ruijuan