China sees farmers as driving force for growth of internet

China sees farmers as the "major driving force" for the future growth of its burgeoning internet industry.

Last Updated: Oct 07, 2010, 18:19 PM IST

Beijing: China sees farmers as the "major
driving force" for the future growth of its burgeoning
internet industry as the net connection in rural areas grew by
71.6 per cent in the last three years outpacing the growth in
urban areas by more than double.

Farmers will become a "major driving force" in the
growth of China`s Internet population, which is already the
world`s biggest with its number exceeding 420 million, a blue
paper recently released by a publishing house said.

From 2007 to 2009, the number of Internet users in
rural areas grew 71.6 per cent per annum, double the urban
rate, which stood at 34.6 per cent, read a blue paper released
by China`s Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP).

About 100 million people in rural areas had access
to Internet as of 2009, and there was plenty of room for
increases given Internet coverage in rural areas was
considerably less than in urban areas, the paper said about
future forecast of the growth of the internet in China.

It also said China`s online game accounts went up to
265 million last year registering a 41.5 per cent year on year
increase.

More Chinese are living a lifestyle in which the
Internet has become a preferred channel for them to purchase
goods, seek entertainment and acquire information, it said.

The number of China`s online shoppers topped 108
million in 2009, rising 45.9 per cent from the previous year,
it said.

The SSAP is a publishing institution under the
leadership of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a
government think tank.

PTI