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The Financial Express

Rural e-commerce gains momentum in China as stay-at-home economy thrives

Xinhua | Published: May 31, 2020 19:09:22 | Updated: June 09, 2020 12:02:52


A staff member designs the package for agricultural products at the Liuyang e-commerce business poverty alleviation service center in Liuyang, central China's Hunan Province, May 15, 2020. (Xinhua/Chen Zeguo) A staff member designs the package for agricultural products at the Liuyang e-commerce business poverty alleviation service center in Liuyang, central China's Hunan Province, May 15, 2020. (Xinhua/Chen Zeguo)

China's rural e-commerce has been growing at a fast pace amid government initiatives to support rural consumption, data showed.

As of May 22, the country saw more than 87,000 newly registered rural e-commerce enterprises this year, up 13.6 per cent from a year ago, data from database query platform Tianyancha.com showed.

In the meantime, over 8,000 rural companies have added e-commerce, online sales or other related businesses, the figures showed.

As the novel coronavirus epidemic dented consumption in the country, China has been encouraging innovative ways to tap market potential, especially in the countryside.

County chiefs and city mayors were encouraged to promote local products via livestreaming, with more than four million live broadcasts made in the first quarter, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce.

In Q1, online sales of farm produce reached 93.68 billion yuan (about 13.14 billion US dollars), a rise of 31 per cent year on year, according to the ministry.

Rural e-commerce is expected to see continued growth thanks to government support, analysts said.

China will support the rollout of e-commerce and courier services in the countryside to expand rural consumption, according to this year's government work report.

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