People making rose jam in Hotan Prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Hotan roses, variety from the Damascus roses, have played an important role in poverty alleviation for local farmers. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)
URUMQI, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Northwestern China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has injected nearly 13.2 billion yuan (two billion U.S. dollars) into poverty alleviation projects since last winter, local authorities said Thursday.
The regional poverty alleviation and development office said that between last December and April this year, Xinjiang had allocated 13.2 billion yuan of special funds for poverty alleviation projects, up 81.7 percent year-on-year.
Four prefectures in southern Xinjiang launched nearly 1,900 projects by the end of April, among which 1,387 were launched in 22 counties with extreme poverty, and most are expected to be accomplished between September and October, and local impoverished residents will benefit from those projects this year, said Chen Lei, a spokesperson for the office.
To encourage more officials and residents to engage in poverty alleviation projects, thousands of training sessions focusing on the comprehension of poverty relief policies and its implementation have been provided, according to Chen.
The region has also conducted reviews and supervision of projects implemented.
Xinjiang aims to lift over 606,000 people, 976 villages and 12 counties out of poverty this year.