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Tibetan still occupy only a margin of Tibet's economy

April 15, 2009

Tibetan Review
April 14, 2009

Agriculture accounts ffor only about 15 percent
of GDP in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), but
rural farmers and herdsman still account for much
of the region's ethnic Tibetan population,
reported Reuters Apr 12 while noting that the
local government was planning to more than double
spending on livestock and other local
agricultural products. With well over 80 percent
of the Tibetans in the region being farmers and
herders and the bulk of its urban population
being Chinese immigrants, it is, therefore,
obvious who the real beneficiaries of the
region’s continuous yearly 12 percent economic growth have been.

The report cited China's official Xinhua news
agency as saying spending on livestock raising as
well as specialised local herbs and medicinal
products will rise to 820 million yuan ($120
million) this year, up from 320 million yuan last
year. This appears to suggest that the spending
will be on business aspects of the rural economy,
rendering it doubtful whether ordinary farmers
and herdsmen would benefit much from it.

Indeed, the Xinhua report was cited as saying the
money would go to setting up bases for crop-fed
dairy herds, yak, cashmere goat, chicken and pig
production, and would also promote growing of
Tibetan medicinal herbs, oilseeds and green
vegetables. Thus, rural Tibetans may benefit only
marginally as suppliers of crops, animals, and as
wage workers to these production bases, which may
be either state-owned or very likely run by Chinese immigrants.

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