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Xinjie — Yuanyang Town / 1

In the last few weeks you have seen Yuanyang with its famous terraced rice fields in different angles, times and locations around the area. This week, I am offering you a look into little town Xinjie. This serial has nothing to do with artwork: just an in-depth view on the center of commercial, business, trading, education and administration.[1]


According to The Asia Rice Foundation, for more than half of humanity, rice is life. It is the grain that has shaped the cultures, diets, and economies of billions of people in Asia. For them, life without rice is simply unthinkable.

The Asia Rice Foundation is working to secure a prosperous future for Asia’s rice societies by supporting rice educational activities, cultural preservation, research, and advocacy movements. Find out why rice is such an amazing grain and how you can get involved in the Foundation’s extremely important work.

China is an old country with 7,000 years history of rice cultivation. The agricultural way of life of the Chinese people, which centered around rice, has had a strong influence on the social, economic, political and ideological developments of China. In this sense, traditional Chinese culture may be considered as equivalent to a "rice culture." It is very important that the traditional rice cultural heritage of the country be preserved and protected for the enrichment of the next generation.

China has 7% of the world’s arable land with which to support more than 20% of the world’s population. Over the centuries, the Chinese have built irrigation projects to the extent that almost half of cultivated land is now irrigated. China long had a food deficit, but as a result of new irrigation projects, improved farming techniques since 1949, and agricultural reforms since the late 1970s, China now produces enough grain to provide a basic diet for its large population. In lean years, however, the country occasionally must import grains.

It is China the country to give birth to the “Father of Hybrid Rice” — Professor Yuan Longping. Yuan came up with the idea of hybridizing rice for the first time in the world in 1960s. Since then, 50% of China's total rice cultivation fields have grown such rice, which added some 300 billion kilograms to the country's grain output.

In 1980, Yuan went to the United States at the invitation of the International Rice Research Institute to share his knowledge about the cultivation technology of hybrid rice. He was also employed in 1991 as the chief consultant of FAO to bring his research methods to other countries.


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