The vi­tal­iza­tion of ru­ral ar­eas has ac­cel­er­ated as more en­trepreneurs and young peo­ple get in­volved

Beijing Review - - COVER STORY - By Yuan Yuan

With ma­chines roar­ing, work­ers at a corn-pro­cess­ing fac­tory in Xiangyang Vil­lage of Zhaodong, Sui­hua City in north­east China’s Hei­longjiang Prov­ince, were busy peel­ing, wash­ing, boil­ing and then pack­ag­ing corn.

Boxes con­tain­ing corn piled up around the fac­tory. Wang Zhong­bao, the owner of the plant, was busy an­swer­ing calls from peo­ple want­ing to place or­ders. “Our pro­duc­tion vol­ume can’t meet the grow­ing de­mand,” Wang said. “I have to turn most of them away. We are plan­ning to ex­pand the plant to a much larger scale.”

Work­ing as a bare­foot doc­tor in the vil­lage for over a decade, Wang de­cided to start his own poul­try-rais­ing busi­ness in 2005. He started with 2,000 chick­ens and spent a lot of time learn­ing from skilled vil­lagers and vet­eri­nar­i­ans how to avoid dis­eases and raise health­ier chick­ens that

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