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Video: Verity interivews Zhang Shunzhai, General manager of Vegetable Cooperative in Hubei

04-02-2011 16:06 BJT




I just traveled quite a long way into the heart of  Hubei Province to find out about rural life. What’s life really like for the rural life residents of China?

Now today at this really successful vegetable farm, I’ve come to meet the general manager who was invited by the Premier, Wen Jiaobao to talk about the 12th 5-year guideline and gave his tips and suggestions for how the plan could improve the lives of the residents of China that live in rural areas. So I’m very excited to go and meet Mr Zhang.

Zhang Shunzhai, General manager of Vegetable Cooperative in Hubei

Verity: So tell us about your farm, it’s looks very successful. You got good harvest. Not all farms are like this.

Mr Zhang: Our cooperative was founded in April 2007.We now have more than 1,200 members. The crops total 8-thousand square kilometers.50-millions tons of produce is grown each year. In January, Premier Wen Jiabao invited me to meet with him in Zhongnanhai. As an ordinary farmer, I was very excited. I described our problems to the Premier, difficulties members of our cooperative faced during the four years since it was founded. I made 5 suggestions: First, cooperatives need additional support. Second, cooperatives need policy support to help obtain financing, which isn’t easy. Third, we need a policy to encourage research into new crop seeds. The seeds we now plant are all imported, which is very expensive. With regard to food safety, which is a concern to the Premier, we suggest organic solutions instead of the continued abuse of pesticides. More government allowances are needed. Five, a policy to enhance commercial ties linking farms, supermarkets, and restaurants. These are the suggestions that I made. As I made my report, the Premier took notes, And was always smiling. Following my report, the issue of food safety was of particular interest to the Premier. He asked what we do to ensure the safety of the vegetables we grow. I replied that because of unified production, new technology and standardized planting, and a final check before we begin to harvest, our vegetables are perfectly safe. The Premier was content with the answer.

This farm gives at least a snapshot of life for today’s farmers.  Many have been lifted out of poverty. Not all have kept pace with national growth. Food safety, food prices and drought all bring new challenges.  Zhang’s voice may be the conduit for change. The farmer, who spoke to the Premier.

MR Zhang: Now our greenhouses are made using steel frames to increase the amount of sunlight. Trickle irrigation is used to provide water. So the humility is reduced as well as pests. So pesticides are no longer necessary. And the safety of our product is ensured.  Look at these leaves. They are dry.

Verity: Wow! Eggplants of aubergines, wherever you’re from
Let’s pick someone. they are clean. You can eat it directly. It tastes good.
Verity: Thank you, Oh, cucumber, that’s gorgeous.


Zhang’s suggestions fed into the Program.  Over the next 5 years, more farmers can expect change,innovation and investment.The Zhang’s farm is the key to a growing and buoyant market. 



Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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