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The farming sense is diminishing in China

Viewed 284 times 2020-1-12 16:23 |System category:Economy

Traveling around the suburb of the Dong-ying City in last Summer Holidays, I met with a strange old man with a spade on his bike whom I mistook as a farmer. In fact he was a retired worker from a big oil company. The man had been a farmer in the commune before becoming a worker who had special deeper loving to farmland than his colleagues! For this reason after retiremet he worked hard to develop some waste land into fertile fields where he growed crops and vegetables. His words left me a deep impression: "Doing labor job is nice training for health  that is better than any herb! I enjoy farming that can remind me too much remote memory about the past era. I know the value of grain since I had experienced the hard flooding period in 1960 or so. I feel happy to feed kids and grandsons with self-produced green food! ”.
With the rapid development of China economy, more and more farmers have become impatient to their traditional career due to the low profit.  You might expect mere 100 Yuan as net income for raising one pig but you had to serve it for ten months in 1985. Nowdays people specially the youth are ready to earn quick money through odd jobs in cities who have little interest on the ‘stinking’  pig-breeding-business.
What makes the thing worse is that some officials in the local government also look down on farming job. At the meeting that county leader said: "It is no hope if you only serve wheat and corn for the whole year without leaving home for immigrant work to earn extra money. ”    

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