|Zhao Zhao [newspaper.jcrb.com]|
"With no technology or capital, I came back with only my fearless but firm heart," Zhao recalled.
Few people in the village could understand why a college student like her would return to raise cattle at that time, but Zhao had her own ideas.
While working away from her hometown, every time she came back home, she found that rural areas, which she had previous good memories of, were declining. Therefore, she was hoping to do something for her hometown.
Nanyang cattle from Zhao's hometown are famous all over the world. However, there was a shortage of cattle meat products in local markets.
After extensive market research, she concluded that the Nanyang cattle, which are found in the same latitude zone as the expensive Kobe black bull, should have a bright future. Since then, Zhao made up her mind to breed cattle.
At the beginning, Zhao raised 40 cows. As she had no breeding experience, she bought many books and studied relevant knowledge day and night.
She also sought advice from local farmers, and learnt farming and disease prevention knowledge from experts online.
Fengzhuang Village has a tradition of raising cattle. Anytime there are free-range, home-raised cattle that fall sick, Zhao would give free medicine to the villagers.
She also sold her special feed, which is formulated by cattle experts, to villagers at cost price.
In 2015, Zhao established Yamin Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Co., Ltd. Through financial and industrial support, the company has led more than 200 villagers to become rich. Some skilled but poor households have even earned more than 20,000 yuan a year.
Despite outbreaks of diseases and the ups and downs of the market, Zhao's feedlot has been continuously expanded. Now, it has developed into a breeding base for cows and fattening cattle, with an annual output of more than 40 million yuan.
She has also taken custody of more than 3,000 acres of surrounding land to develop circular agriculture.
However, with the rapid development of the breeding business, the pollution of feces has also become increasingly acute.
To solve this problem, Zhao used a mixture of cow dung and straw to grow agaricus bisporus, which has increased their annual income by more than 300,000 yuan.
Growing with her company, Zhao has been elected as a deputy to the NPC.
Now, a third of Zhao's start-up team are returned entrepreneurs and a third of them are under 35 years old.
She still has a wish, "I want to change the stereotype of agriculture, rural areas and farmers."
"The future of agriculture is bright. There is much to be done in the countryside. Farmers have a reason to be confident," Zhao added.
(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)