Rain brings sunshine to village in Southwest China
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.