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Expert Consultation Team Meeting on Rural S&T Information Services Held in Beijing

An expert consultation team meeting, organized by Department of Rural Science and Technology, was held in Beijing recently. The progress of the 12396 Hotline nationwide was reported at the meeting: 12396 Hotline was opened in 13 provinces over the past year. Over 5000 grassroots information service stations and nearly 10000 village-level stations were established in rural areas. A team of over 7000 backbone members was fostered to provide services to over 200 million farmers. This helps farmers increase 30 million yuan income, and reaps sound social benefits.