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Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People's Republic of China
Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó Nóngyè Nóngcūnbù
Agency overview
Formed19 March 2018; 5 years ago (2018-03-19)
Preceding agency
TypeConstituent Department of the State Council (cabinet-level executive department)
JurisdictionGovernment of China
Minister responsible
Deputy Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Wu Qinghai, Leader of Discipline Inspection & Supervision Team
  • Wu Kongming, President of Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  • Zeng Yande, Chief Agricultural Expert
  • Li Jinxiang, Chief Vet
  • Zhang Tianzuo, Chief Shepherd
  • Wei Baigang, Chief Economist
Parent agencyState Council
Websiteenglish.moa.gov.cn Edit this at Wikidata
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese中华人民共和国农业农村
Traditional Chinese中華人民共和國農業農村

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People's Republic of China (Chinese: 中华人民共和国农业农村部; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó Nóngyè Nóngcūnbù) is the cabinet-level executive department of the State Council which is responsible for agriculture and rural affairs in the country. The ministry is headquartered in Beijing. It was formed on 19 March 2018 as the agency superseding the former Ministry of Agriculture. Some of its additional responsibilities come from the agricultural investment projects of the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Land and Resources, and the Ministry of Water Resources.[1]


On March 19, 2018, the Government of the People's Republic of China announced that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has been created at the first session of the 13th National People's Congress. That same day, Han Changfu was elected Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.[2]

The Ministry stated in late 2020 that it would designate 6.6 million hectares of prime agricultural land as grain zones to be farmed with high production methods and which could not be converted to other crops.[3]: 245  It also raised subsidies for rice, corn, and soybean growing.[3]: 245 

List of ministers

No. Name Took office Left office
1 Li Shucheng October 1949 September 1954
2 Liao Luyan September 1954 1966
post abolished
3 Sha Feng June 1970 January 1978
4 Yang Ligong January 1978 February 1979
5 Huo Shilian February 1979 March 1981
6 Lin Hujia March 1981 June 1983
7 He Kang June 1983 June 1990
8 Liu Zhongyi June 1990 March 1992
9 Liu Jiang March 1992 March 1998
10 Chen Yaobang March 1998 August 2001
11 Du Qinglin August 2001 December 2006
12 Sun Zhengcai December 2006 December 2009
13 Han Changfu December 2009 December 2020
14 Tang Renjian December 2020 Incumbent

See also


  1. ^ Yang Shisheng (March 16, 2018). 统筹20多个涉农资金的部门职能 农业农村部“财权”更大了. chinatimes (in Chinese). Archived from the original on March 22, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  2. ^ 全国人大经投票表决 决定韩长赋为农业农村部部长. 163.com (in Chinese). March 19, 2018. Archived from the original on March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Harrell, Stevan (2023). An Ecological History of Modern China. Seattle: University of Washington Press. ISBN 9780295751719.