(Grassroots in the Spring Festival) Yandu, Jiangsu: the field where the "second generation of farmers" pursue their dreams and hope

  Chinanews.com, Yancheng, January 31, title: Yandu, Jiangsu: the field where the "second generation of farmers" pursue their dreams and hope

  Chinanews reporter Yu Congwen

  On the eighth day of the first month of the lunar calendar, in Qinnan Town, Yandu District, Yancheng, Jiangsu, Qincheng Food Company’s first pot of salted duck eggs in the Year of the Rabbit was cooked.

"A lot of old customers are waiting for this pot of eggs." Cheng Tong, the general manager of "Post-87", is busy inside and outside the production room.

  In the production room with an annual output of 7 million salted duck eggs, there are not only rows of vats for salted duck eggs salted in traditional salt water, but also two sets of high-efficiency, energy-saving and environmentally friendly intelligent pickling equipment.

Cheng Tong said that these two new equipment are self-developed patents, which have greatly improved the production capacity and quality of salted duck eggs.

Pan Zhipeng operates the IoT devices in the greenhouse.

Photo by Gu Hua

  For Cheng Tong, who was born in a water town, pickling salted duck eggs is "inheriting his father's business".

Cheng Tong's father was engaged in salting and selling duck eggs in the 1990s.

In 2012, my father planned to hand over the egg factory to Cheng Tong.

At that time, Cheng Tong, who had worked in a state-owned enterprise in Nanjing for three years after graduating from university and became a business manager, was really reluctant: "I work in an office building, from nine to five, and the pressure is not great. My career is on the rise." However, his father's egg factory The extensive production method made Cheng Tong worry that he would not go far. After thinking twice, he decided to come back and take over his father's baton.

  "Salted duck eggs are found everywhere. The egg whites are too salty and the yolks are not sandy. I think that after researching the egg market, we must take the road of differentiated competition and make a kind of egg that is not too salty. Salty and healthier salted duck eggs." Cheng Tong told reporters from Chinanews.com that after two years of research with experts from the Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, he developed the "low-salt salted duck eggs quick pickling technology" and obtained a patent.

Through the self-developed intelligent pickling equipment, the pickling cycle of salted duck eggs has been shortened from more than 40 days to about 15 days. Not only is the egg yolk "oily", but the salt content is 30% to 50% lower than that of normal salted duck eggs, which is suitable for modern salted duck eggs. Human health concept.

Pan Zhipeng checks the temperature, humidity and other data in the greenhouse on his mobile phone.

Photo by Gu Hua

  The "small and beautiful" business strategy makes "Qincheng" salted duck eggs stand out in the market, and the price has also risen.

Cheng Tong established a breeding professional cooperative, which drove dozens of surrounding farmers to become rich.

In 2022, "Qincheng" egg products will achieve sales of more than 14 million yuan.

  The reporter learned that in the rural land of Yandu, there are more than 300 "second generation farmers" like Cheng Tong under the age of 40. They have dreams of getting rich and agricultural skills, inherit agricultural development, and increase farmers' income for local agricultural efficiency. Infused with new life.

  The heads of Shuangpeng Smart Farm in Guomeng Town, Yandu District are two young children, Pan Zhipeng and Liu Xiaopeng, born in 1992.

In 2013, Pan Zhipeng’s father, Pan Guosheng, transferred 200 acres of land to plant grapes and strawberries. Two years later, he invited Liu Xiaopeng, who graduated from university, to come back to run the farm. In 2018, Pan Zhipeng also returned to the farm.

Young people are active in their thinking. They seek advice from agricultural experts by going out and inviting them in. They grope step by step from textbooks and production practices, and gradually grow from a "layman" to a "little expert" in agriculture.

  Pan Zhipeng and Liu Xiaopeng knew that the traditional planting management model was outdated, and they all set their sights on the Internet of Things technology and carried out intelligent transformation of the farm.

"Now, temperature, humidity, ventilation, covering and other aspects are all under automatic control." In the farm shed, the two took out their mobile phones to demonstrate to reporters that using Internet of Things technology can not only accurately control and improve fruit quality, but also save energy. In addition to labor costs, the normal employment of a 200-mu farm is only 20 people.

  "Looking at the growth of plants, changing every day, I feel fresh every day." Liu Xiaopeng said with a smile, this is his agricultural feelings, a feeling that he does not have in other jobs.

Last year, the farm realized an output value of more than 8 million yuan and a net profit of about 3 million yuan.

  The feelings of agriculture are also hidden in the heart of "happy pig farmer" Gu Jinguo.

"I can be regarded as a professional counterpart in agriculture." Gu Jinguo graduated from Yancheng Bioengineering School with a major in animal husbandry. He used to be engaged in the sales of animal medicines in Shanghai, and his business was booming.

In 2015, he returned to his hometown of Hexing Village, Qinnan Town, with 30 million yuan in capital, and established the Kangnongmu Family Farm to raise pigs.

  In the Kangnongmu family farm, inspections, room temperature, feeding, and excrement cleaning are all automated. The normal employment of the huge pig farm is only 13 people, and they are rotated every 3 months. Only four people are engaged in breeding management in the pig farm. Five people.

It is worth mentioning that the cleaning and detoxification procedures here are very strict. Feeds and personnel need to be disinfected for 20 minutes. Breeders are not allowed to bring in their clothes when they are outside, not even mobile phones.

"The most feared thing about raising pigs is the swine fever virus." Gu Jinguo said that only by strict killing can the safety be guaranteed and the pig raising industry can continue.

Last year, the farm sold 15,000 pigs, becoming a veritable "10,000 pig farm".

  Interviewing the "second generation of farmers" in Yandu, the reporter found that these "new farmers" have a high level of education, are experts in the use of modern technology, and all use online e-commerce as the main channel for product sales.

"Mobile phones have become new agricultural tools, live broadcasting has become a new agricultural work, and traffic has become a new agricultural resource" is a distinctive imprint of the times on them.

  According to the relevant person in charge of the Agriculture and Rural Bureau of Yandu District, as of now, the district has established more than 300 demonstration family farms at the provincial, municipal and district levels. Among them, the proportion of farms founded and managed by the "second generation of farmers" has increased year by year.

"Strive to reduce the average age of family farm managers to less than 50 years old within three years, and more than 50% of them have a college degree or above, so that more young people can inherit agricultural development and become the main force in the revitalization of rural industries."

Gu Jinguo introduced the situation of pig breeding.

Photo by Gu Hua

  It's the new year again.

Working on the rural land like their parents, the knowledgeable and skilled "second generation farmers" are full of firm confidence in their careers.

Pan Zhipeng and Liu Xiaopeng said: "In the new year, we must strengthen daily management, improve fruit quality, develop our own brand, and improve efficiency." Cheng Tong said: "Continue to carry out industry-university-research cooperation, and then work hard on market segments to expand brand influence. Drive more farmers to become rich." Gu Jinguo said: "Agriculture is not only about feelings but also feelings. I want to make pig raising a respectable profession through my own efforts." (End)