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“China reins in rural 'enforcers' amid outcry over backyard vegetable-growing ban
A ban on backyard plots of melons, squashes or beans sparks fears over Mao-era agricultural controls.
China's propaganda machine has been scrambling to soothe public anger amid reports that local "agricultural management" officials threatened to uproot backyard fruit and vegetable plots as part of a rural "beautification" campaign.
"Due to the need to create a civilized environment, the planting of climbing vegetables like beans or melons and squashes in front and backyards is strictly forbidden
," a notice placed in a village near the northern city of Xian dated April 1 said.
"That includes cucumbers, tomatoes, loofahs, pumpkins, zucchini, etc," said the notice, which caused an outcry after it was photographed and posted by a social media user from the village.
"The village committee will be sending personnel to carry out spot checks, and to destroy any [forbidden crops]," said the notice.”