RURAL CHINA - AWAY FROM THE NOISE AND LIGHTS
The hypothesis that early agriculture developed in China earlier than in the Middle East is gaining support. Whatever is the case, the Chinese have a history of agricultural innovation going back several millennia. This page is "AGRICULTURE NOW, IN THE 2020s. Pictures are from contributors, one being Jerry Grey the Biker and his wife, now on there way to Yunnan (South Cloud Province). The comments on the photos, opinions and observations are mine alone. I am happy to be corrected. Please contact me using form below.
Planting rice in a paddy field
The village shop
The rice planting and harvesting seasons are the most important in the agricultural calendar. In the South of China there may be two crops per year on the same land: further north, only one crop. Between planting and harvesting, there is little to do other than weeding and controlling the water supply. During that time is has been the practice for people to find part time work in the cities. Thus the seasonal migration of millions of people.
Jerry's wife ..... "was moved by the couple planting rice because she and her parents did the same". (Jerry) In the 1970s, millions of people were required to learn from the farmers. In Britain, when I was that age we had to go to the army to learn how to kill people. funny old World.
The baskets contain the rice seedings which are pushed into the ground. This is probably "garden agriculture". Most rice grown is planted and harvested by machine/
The family owned village shop like those anywhere in the world will contain the daily needs of the people living nearby. In this village the needs in the form of beverages are on display. Rice wine is prominent in the front window, on sale at any time seven days a week. The British are not allowed this facility because their government thinks its citizens would be smashed seven days a week. Since a bottle of rice wine (53% alcohol will cost less than US$2.00, this certainly would happen. All shops have a freezer to hold icecream mainly. This one a local brand that is replacing Walls. Other stuff seem to be pakeets of dried fruit, nuts, pork wool ... things like that
The buckets on the left are full of paint, plaster, cement and materials requiredfor painting and decoration.
Kiwi Fruit from New Zealand?
Kiwi fruit is from New Zealand. Right? Well no, not entirely. "The first description was in 12th century China. Tt was collected from the wild and used in Chinese medicine to help women to recover after giving birth. The plant was rarely cultivated. In the 1920s it was taken to New Zealand as Chinese gooseberry, a small knobby, not very attractive fruit where they selected and bred the plant to produce the fruit we have today. Then they marketed it as Kiwi Fruit in in the 1970s and the fruit became internationally popular.
The most desirable cultivars were taken back to China in the 1980s. Now China produces half of the world's consumption.
The plant grows on a vine and is supported in as are grape vines.
Photo - Francois Ouellette
Peaches are native to region of Northwest China between the Tarim Basin and the north slopes of the Kunlun Mountains. This fruit is interesting in that it is believed to be one of first cultivated plants. Evidence suggests domestication occurred in Zhejiang 6000 BC. Alexander the Great is s said to have introduced them into Greece.
Peaches are grown in village orchards and picked by hand but robots are on the way.
So who produces the most peaches? Not China again? About 55%
Photo - Francois Ouellette