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Chinese sci-tech personnel devote themselves to poverty alleviation

(People's Daily Online)    15:57, February 25, 2020

A vast number of scientific and technical personnel in China have actively devoted themselves to poverty alleviation work, striving to apply the fruits of scientific research to the cause.

Zhang Zijun (right) talks with a local farmer. (Photo via Anhui Agricultural University)

"The whole year's work depends on a good start in spring, and agricultural production this spring is particularly important. Poverty alleviation through science and technology must be planned as soon as possible and play a supporting role!" said Zhang Zijun, a professor from the College of Animal Science and Technology of Anhui Agricultural University in eastern China, as well as a scientist specializing in sheep.

Since the Spring Festival, he has been working on epidemic prevention and control in enterprises, and coordinating and arranging this year's poverty alleviation through scientific and technological research.

Dingyuan county, 130 kilometers away from Anhui Agricultural University, has a long tradition of raising sheep, but has encountered many practical problems in doing so. In 2016, Zhang Zijun led a team carrying out research into how to better raise sheep in the region.

Such problems include severe variety degeneration, backward production facilities, and low utilization rate of forage grass. In order to raise efficiency, Zhang Zijun popularized a standardized production system of grass animal husbandry in agricultural areas for the county.

This standardized production system was the result of Zhang’s research achievements over many years, covering key technologies such as variety breeding, disease prevention and environmental monitoring. The core is forming a modern agriculture mode combining cultivation and sales.

Chen Shoumei is a small local agricultural entrepreneur. A few years ago, he cultivated nearly 2,000 acres of land, but the economic results were poor. He was later introduced to Zhang Zijun.

Later, Zhang Zijun invited several experts to help Chen Shoumei with scientific planning, and Chen's enterprise soon became a leading enterprise in diversified agricultural science and technology.

“Zhang speaks in a reliable way and works in an honest way. He is a very dear friend to me!" said Chen. 

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