Under the great support from the central government, a people's livelyhood project, aiming at protecting farmers and herdsmen's cultural interests, has been carried out in XJ. Departments of culture, radio, television, press and publications send books, magzines, and popularize the advanced cultures to rural households, to help them access information from the outside.
Under the great support of the central government, rural libraries have been set up in Aweitan Town of Altay City，with increasing book collection.
SAILIK, FARMER AWEITAN TOWN, ALTAY CITY:
"We read the books and learn knowledge about planting and crops disease prevention."
Till now, Altay Prefecture has established 153 rural libraries, and over 100,000 farmers and herdsmen have got benefit. Altay also offers mobile library services and send books to farmers and herdsmen in remote areas.
Besides, the central government and XJ-aiding provinces and cities donated more books to XJ. The 5th batch of donation, including over 3 mln books and audio-video publications, have been distributed to over 10,000 reading sites in rural areas. The press and publication assistance to XJ project, starting in 2007, donated books valuing at over 380 mln yuan in the first batch.
JIANG JIANGUO, DEPUTY HEAD GENERAL ADMI.OF PRESS & PUBLICATION:
" In the second phase project, the donation value will rise by 10 times. We will send mobile newspapers to farmers and herdsmen and let them access news about politics and weather."
The ministry of Culture also started the county-level digital library construction and 155 county-level libraries will be built in XJ by this October.