This is China Series

Discovering China’s agricultural traditions. This is China | Episode 5

An American broadcaster travels across China and finds out how Chinese supply chains work along with agricultural traditions.

The northeast plain of China is rich with black soil, the most fruitful soil on Earth, which is often called the ‘granary of mankind’. Lishu County is lucky to have such kind of soil: and is a centre for corn growing in China. The largest autumn harvest festival, or the ‘Farmers’ Olympics’, is held here. Visitors from across the country observe and rate exhibits of farmers’ labour. The head of the corn cooperative Han Fengxiang enjoys the attention and the title of Corn Princess. A few years ago, Lishu County introduced modern planting techniques to protect the black soil. This called for the modernisation of farmers as well. Under Han Fengxiang, the cooperative showed terrific results: it planted 1,200 hectares of corn this year.

The fish farmers meet other criteria and conditions. In coastal Liangjian County, 50,000 tons of abalone are produced every year. That’s a third of the total in China, although people learned to cultivate abalone only 30 years ago. Wu Yongshou is the largest Chinese abalone farmer. His business is full of risks, but rearing one of the prime ingredients for Chinese cuisine and a top delicacy is worth the effort.

Meet Chinese farmers and get familiar with the Chinese way of kindly treating the environment.