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
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

Topic |   China food safety
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
Farmers in Heilongjiang province are struggling with rural labour shortages ahead of the autumn harvest. Photo: Xinhua
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