Farmers in Heilongjiang province are struggling with rural labour shortages ahead of the autumn harvest. Photo: Xinhua
Farmers in Heilongjiang province are struggling with rural labour shortages ahead of the autumn harvest. Photo: Xinhua

China’s corn heartland Heilongjiang grapples with shortage of farm workers

  • China’s farmers are struggling with rural labour shortages ahead of the autumn harvest, just as concerns mount about the security of the nation’s grain supply
  • Hundreds of millions of people have abandoned the countryside for better paying city jobs over the past four decades, leading to phenomenon called rural hollowing

Farmers in Heilongjiang province are struggling with rural labour shortages ahead of the autumn harvest. Photo: Xinhua
Farmers in Heilongjiang province are struggling with rural labour shortages ahead of the autumn harvest. Photo: Xinhua
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