Rain brings sun­shine to vil­lage in South­west China

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By YANG JUN in Guiyang yangjun@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Zuo Wenxue, the Party chief of Tangyue vil­lage, will at­tend the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress in March to share the vil­lage’s progress in devel­op­ment with other del­e­gates at the an­nual meet­ing in Bei­jing.

Once an un­der­de­vel­oped place in Guizhou prov­ince, Tangyue has be­come a model of ru­ral re­form in South­west China.

Tangyue, which is un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of An­shun city, used to be home to el­derly and chil­dren as most of the work­ing-age peo­ple had mi­grated to the coastal cities for jobs.

But in 2014, a rain­storm changed things there.

“The vil­lage was se­verely dam­aged by flood­wa­ter, and more than 1,000 peo­ple who had left to work else­where rushed back to re­build their houses,” re­calls Zuo.

“That gave us the op­por­tu­nity to unite the vil­lagers to find a way to get rid of poverty.”

Zuo pro­posed tak­ing ad­van­tage of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s land-use re­forms to turn the vil­lage’s re­sources into as­sets.

The res­i­dents be­came share­hold­ers by set­ting up a

Huang Guoyuan, a teacher of Honghu Se­nior School near the vil­lage, came to write cou­plets for the res­i­dents along with nine other cal­lig­ra­phy am­a­teurs. He says ev­ery year the An­shun Cal­lig­ra­pher As­so­ci­a­tion sends its mem­bers to dif­fer­ent vil­lages in the area dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val.

He says he is sur­prised to see many young peo­ple re­turn­ing to the vil­lage these days.

“I wrote 50 cou­plets for the vil­lagers in two hours,” Huang says.

As to the fu­ture devel­op­ment, the vil­lage of­fi­cials are aim­ing even higher.

“By 2020, Tangyue’s agri­cul­tural out­put value will in­crease from 5 mil­lion yuan to 20 mil­lion yuan and the per capita net in­come of the vil­lagers will reach 20,000 yuan,” Zuo says.

Agri­cul­tural devel­op­ment will also get a new look as the vil­lagers plan to set up a sys­tem us­ing au­to­matic in­tel­li­gence for wa­ter­ing and fer­til­iza­tion through big data, says Tang Congfu, the head of the Golden Land Co­op­er­a­tive.

“We are also build­ing an e-com­merce plat­form to in­crease sales chan­nels for our agri­cul­tural prod­ucts,” Zuo says.

Zhao Yandi the story.

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