China: 'New farmer' leaves city job to work in a greenhouse

Leaving a job in design in the city to take up farming in a village, 33-year-old Zhang Shasha has completed what for her is a satisfying transformation after choosing a job in agriculture in Suning county in Cangzhou, Hebei province.

Young people with new ideas and skills who choose to return to their hometowns to take up agriculture have been dubbed the "new farmers."

Leaving her stable, well-paid job at a company in Langfang, where she had worked since graduating from college in 2013, Zhang chose to relocate to her boyfriend's home village of Xixinzhuang after a visit there planted the seed of farming in her mind.

"It was the greenhouses I saw. They were full of small, green vegetable seedlings that smelled so fresh and natural," Zhang said. "Besides, national policies are providing more and more support to the development of agriculture, so I felt it would be a promising and interesting career."

Zhang quit her job in 2015 and started growing vegetable seedlings at the Green Garden Vegetable Professional Cooperative in Suning.


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