Sign in | Join free

Cotton pickers travel to harvest in xinjiang

Cotton pickers travel to harvest in xinjiang Source: www.chinatexnet.com
Date: 29-09-2013
Visits: 381
Very Poor

Every fall, Yang Qizhi treks thousands of miles from Henan province to the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region to pick cotton. For the past eight years, the 52-year-old has earned about 13,000 yuan ($2,120) for two months of work picking cotton in Xinjiang during harvest. Her monthly income picking cotton is three times what she would make in her hometown. Yang is one of tens of thousands of cotton pickers from Henan province who travel to Xinjiang by train every fall. About 280,000 cotton pickers are needed this year for the 520,000 hectares of cotton to be harvested, according to the Xinjiang Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security. To help this mass migration of Henan workers, the Zhengzhou Railway Bureau added 20 extra train services to Xinjiang since August.

"We prepared for the annual two-month cotton harvest a month ago, and will have a return-trip travel peak in November," said Li Qingwei, a publicity official at Zhengzhou Railway Station.

Yang said picking cotton is not easy. Most of the workers have to get up at 5 am and work until 9 pm, repeating the movements of bending down, picking the cotton and putting it into bags thousands of times a day. The workers are so busy that they have their meals in the cotton fields to save time, Yang said.

Most of the workers are women because they are more skilled at picking cotton than men, she said.

Apart from Henan province, poverty-stricken regions in Gansu, Shaanxi, and Sichuan provinces also have an abundance of cotton pickers, said Lyu Zhihua, an official at the Department of Human Resources and Social Security of Henan province.

Though the cotton pickers have to travel nearly 40 hours by train, the relatively higher pay is worth the time, Lyu said.

The official said there is a shortage of pickers during the cotton harvest in Xinjiang even though some farms are now using machines to pick the cotton.

Sun Qingjie, a farmer in Henan province who has 87 hectares of cotton in a field near Urumqi under contract, said he had to buy a cotton-picking machine because good workers are hard to come by.

To attract more cotton pickers, the Xinjiang government has taken measures to promote the regional job. For instance, government officials in Changji prefecture visited about 200 cotton pickers at a local farm on Sept 16, three days ahead of Mid-Autumn Festival, to discuss the temporary Xinjiang jobs.
like 360 Unlike 40
Users Comments
No comments to display
Are you sure you want to delete this comment.
Add your comment
User Name:
Email: Will not be published
Rate This article:
Comment:
Maximum 3500 characters
Your name
Your email address
Your friend email address
  • /images/ourservices/125-600/pricetrend.jpg
  • /images/ourservices/125-600/product.jpg
  • /images/ourservices/125-600/videos.jpg
Suntex Asia Limited
32341 Users
have already joined suntexasia.com. Shouldn't you?
Full registration will provide you access to all our free services. It takes only one minute and it is free Go here
Quick registration (it's free)
Accesss to some of our free services
Select membership
Full Name
User Name
Email
Password
Enter the code
gwdxh
(Note: If you can't read the letters, reload the page to generate a new one.)
terms and conditions
 
Members Login
Already registered
Email
Password
Forgot your password
golden fees
Enter your e-mail address
Choose your room