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Young China Series: Rural entrepreneur strives to make a difference

10-06-2012 12:27 BJT Special Report:Young China |

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By CCTV reporter Shi Wenjing

While more and more young people from the countryside are trying to move to cities, some are willing to go back home after college. Today we go to Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province to see how Yang Tianlong is making a difference with his fruit corn company.

It’s not your usual corn-eating contest, though contestants have only two and a half minutes. What they’re eating is a new variety called fruit corn, which doesn’t need to be cooked. 29-year-old Yang Tianlong introduced it here.

After graduating from China Agricultural University in 2008, Yang came back to his hometown to grow fruit corn. He borrowed 3,000 yuan from friends and is now the major shareholder of a company that sells fruit corn to more than 100 cities across the country.

Yang Tianlong (R) is making a difference with his fruit corn company.

Yang Tianlong, Farmer Entrepreneur, said, "Before I went to Beijing for university, I had made up my mind that I wouldn’t stay in big cities after graduation. I grew up in the countryside and I know about the hard lives farmers lead. Knowledge and information are needed in the countryside. If university graduates from the countryside don’t come back, the situation in rural areas won’t get better."

Yang comes from a farmer’s family in a small village of Gansu province. In China, farmers are not known for being rich. So, many in the village don’t understand why Yang came back to work in agriculture.

Yang's Father, Gansu Province, said, "Old people in our village would ask me, ’Your son went to such a good university, why did he come back to grow corn?’ They didn’t know the difference between the fruit corn he grows and the corn we used to grow. The mind of the young generation has evolved from the older generation's."

Successful as Yang Tianlong seems to his fellow villagers, he faces the
difficulties of any entrepreneur -- capital and qualified workers. And he
has another project-- helping children from families in poverty get access
to better education.

Successful as Yang Tianlong seems to his fellow villagers, he faces the difficulties of any entrepreneur -- capital and qualified workers. And he has another project-- helping children from families in poverty get access to better education.

Yang Tianlong, said, "I think education is crucial in making a difference. Without education, it doesn't help, no matter what efforts you make. We must start with kids in the countryside. And when they come back from universities to work in agriculture, they’ll be different from the older generation."

But better education is just the first step. Yang hopes the kids he has helped will come back to their hometowns like he did.

Successful as Yang Tianlong seems to his fellow villagers, he faces the
difficulties of any entrepreneur -- capital and qualified workers. And he
has another project-- helping children from families in poverty get access
to better education.

Yang Tianlong, said, "We hope our achievement can inspire more young people to devote themselves to agriculture and make the countryside areas better by contributing to China’s agriculture."

The entrepreneur remains proud of his roots. He says his connection to the countryside and farmers will never fade away, despite what he achieves in his career.

Yang Tianlong, said, "I would always see myself as a farmer, put myself in this group of people and work in agriculture related areas to help more and more farmers in the country lead better lives."

A lot of hard work is needed to make the dream come true. For Yang Tianlong and his fellow farmers, there are miles to go before the great harvest.

Yang Tianlong (C) is making a difference with his fruit corn company.

 

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Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

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