wearing glasses and a t-shirt, one can hardly relate chai huilong to his job – a chive farmer.
two years ago, chai graduated from tianjin college of university of science and technology beijing. he took over his parents’ 20,000-square-meter plot of land and set up a business: growing chinese chives.
but instead of growing chives in the traditional way, chai plants them in garden pots and sells them directly to customers through an online store. now his family earns 10 million yuan a year.
chai is one of many young people who have found great career opportunities in rural areas. they make good use of their agricultural knowledge and new technologies, and benefit from supportive policies.
when chai came up with the idea of growing chives in pots, he was not sure about running his own business. but youth business china, a non-profit program backed by the government, gave him “courage and strength”, he said.