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FARMER WATERS CROP AT ZHANGJIAGANG IN EASTERN JIANGSU PROVINCE.
A Chinese farmer waters his crop at Zhangjiagang, the coastal city of eastern Jiangsu province February 10, 2004. China will boost support for rural areas to record highs this year to supplement flagging incomes of hundreds of millions of farmers it fears could compromise stability and impressive economic growth. As part of a new policy aimed at narrowing the gap between rural and urban incomes, China would increase support for farmers, most recently hit by outbreaks of bird flu, by about 30 billion yuan ($3.5 billion) to 150 billion yuan this year, a government official said. NO RIGHTS CLEARANCES OR PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IMAGE REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV CC/TW