China launches crackdown against crimes involving illegal occupation of farmland

Updated: Jun 24, 2022 Xinhua Print
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Aerial photo taken on June 12, 2022 shows a harvester working in the field in Dongjiazhuang village of Difang township in Pingyi county, Linyi city, East China's Shandong province. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING -- China's Ministry of Public Security has urged police nationwide to strike hard on crimes involving the illegal occupation of farmland and the production and sale of fake or substandard agricultural materials amid efforts to safeguard national food security.

Harsh penalties should be given in accordance with the law to suspects who engage in illegally using farmland for non-agricultural purposes, such as soil collection, stacking solid waste, or non-agricultural construction, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

The ministry also asked police to show no leniency in cases involving gang-related crimes, and thoroughly investigate and fast-track cases involving the production and selling of fake seeds, fertilizers, or other agricultural materials.

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