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omes rebuilt and living standards improved."My current living conditio▓ns are almost the same as someone living in the city. I used to live in a clay house and was not accustomed to my new home when I moved ▓in," Gu said. His new house has four bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen.Since 2013 Gu and his son have been working in construction in the village, earning 200 yuan (29 U.S. dollars) per day.▓ They also receive 4,000 yuan per year to rent their farmland.Tang Rongbin's house was▓ renovated with a government fund."I never dreamed of▓ living in such a house before," he said. He▓ rents three rooms

of his house to a tourism company.Farmers in Luotuowan no longer cultivate the traditional crops of potato and corn, on▓ce their major income source. Instead, they grow apple trees and mushrooms, with investment from two companies. This brings more income in the form of rents, salaries and bonuses from the two firms.Per capita income in the village increased to 3,000 yuan in 2015 from less than 1,000 in 2012.

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In 2015 alone, 48 families escaped from poverty."Poverty reduction cannot simply rely on 'transfusing blood.' We must take advantage of resour▓ces and develop industries," said Xu Xiangdong, an official from the provincial housing departmen▓t who was dispatched to the village to help eradicate poverty.It is common for officia▓ls to be chosen to work in villages on poverty reduction.In the past four years, Fuping County▓'s per capita income of farmers increased from ▓3,262 yuan to 5,815 yuan in 2015, and its poverty-hit population has been reduced to 60,000, said Hao▓ Guochi, Fuping Party secretary.China is aiming to eradicate rural poverty by 2020, lifting▓ the remaining 55 million rural