Second strategic significance of AST：The extending and application of artificial soil technology is an important move in strengthening the construction of agricultural infrastructure in China
Since China became a civilized society, the governments of past dynasties have always put farmers and land problems first in their agenda. If these problems were dealt with successfully, the country would prosper. On the contrary, the dynasties would be toppled if disturbances occurred in this regard. Since the founding of People’s Republic of China, the development status we have achieved is mainly attributed to the stability of agricultural infrastructure. However, the potential of agricultural development of China is really limited and the burden that agriculture shoulders is too heavy. Among all the economic sectors of China, agriculture is the most important and the weakest sector with great potential crisis. In another word, it is an unstable factor. Our country has put forward many measures to support agriculture, e.g. reduction of ?farmer’s burdens, the schedule of addressing the 3-agriculture-related issues, advocating paying attention to and supporting agriculture by various trades, etc. However these measures cannot solve the agriculture and farmers’ problems fundamentally. If artificial soil technology is feasible after being proved by the intermediate test, our country can allocate RMB?￥1000 billion/year capital that is equivalent to 2.5% of GDP or 12.5% of the national tax revenue to the construction of agricultural infrastructure 20 years later. The sum of money will make 10 million mu cultivated land for agriculture each year, accumulating 2 billion mu in 200 years. If the original 2 billion mu cultivated land (I do not speak of 1.6 billion mu) is taken into account, the cultivated land area in China will total 4 billion mu. By then, our farmer brothers will have land to plant crops, clothes to wear. Their living standards will be improved steadily. They may set up small towns and their cultural life will be enriched. In that case, who else would like to leave one’s native place and work temporarily in the cities? By then, we can say that the agricultural infrastructure of China is stabled. Therefore the extending and application of the artificial soil technique is the most important move in strengthening the construction of agricultural infrastructure in China.