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Great changes of Lukou Town

ck1wixnt70|Updated : Aug Wed 2023
In midsummer, the scattered village houses, winding country roads, and thousands of hectares of rice fields interlace into a beautiful rural landscape in Lukou Town, Changsha County.

In this beautiful town that is suitable for life, work and travel, three “new changes” have become a hot topic among the masses, including a pigpen turned into a cafe, village women doing livestreaming, and new appearance of the old street.

A pigpen was turned into a cafe
 

In a semi-open courtyard paved with gravel and lush with flowers and plants, a small wooden house and a pavilion covered in thatch blend with the surrounding fields and residences, full of a romantic and pastoral atmosphere.

“It’s unexpected that the pigpen that had been idle for many years can become such a beautiful place,” said a villager living nearby.
 
Strong agriculture, beautiful rural areas, and rich farmers are the three goals of the rural revitalization strategy. This year, Mingyue Village has improved the living environment within a range of 2.2 kilometers along the 86.67-hectare gain production demonstration area in its jurisdiction.
 
As garbage was removed and ditches were dredged, the village has turned beautiful.

But the two abandoned farmhouses seemed out of place with the surrounding environment. One was a pigpen that had been abandoned for seven or eight years, and the other was an old and dilapidated house built in the 1980s. The area of the two totals three to four hundred square meters.
 
In terms of how to deal with idle rural houses, Mingyue Village had its own idea. Every April, a large number of tourists come to the village to enjoy rape flowers. If they are transformed into coffee shops, milk tea shops, or small supermarkets, not only could they provide a place for tourists to rest, but also help the village collective increase income.

The owner of the house immediately agreed with the idea.

Next to the old house, there was a furniture store with a 300-square-meter shed. The store owner also demolished the shed after persuasion from village cadres.

Now, the house has immediately become a “landmark” of the village after four months of construction.

At present, the cafe in Mingyue Village is actively attracting investment, and Lianxin Post Station will serve as a station for village representatives to contact and serve the masses, as well as an educational base open to the public.
 
Village women sell produces through livestreaming  
 

At 8 o’clock in the morning, Qu Hui enthusiastically explained the characteristics of seedlings to netizens in front of her mobile phone on a stand at the seedling greenhouse of Hunan Xiangyi Agriculture and Forestry Technology Co., Ltd., located in Huaqiaowan Village, Lukou Town.

The online sales record constantly refreshed. “I once sold over 40,000 yuan in a single livestreaming session,” said Qu Hui.

Maybe it’s beyond the imagination of the audience that Qu Hui was once just a left-behind woman and took part-time jobs in the town.

“It’s my husband who worked in the city to support our family before, but now my monthly salary is 7,000 or 8,000 yuan and I also can support our family.” Qu Hui said, “Mr. Song changed my life.”

Mr. Song is actually named Song Xi, the founder of Hunan Xiangyi Agriculture and Forestry Technology. Since 2017, Song Xi has transferred 230 mu (about 15.33 hectares) of land in Huaqiaowan Village, injecting vitality into the original abandoned land.

In recent years, taking advantage of the trend of “Internet plus agriculture”, the company has entered into the “fast lane”. At present, the online transaction volume of the “Cloud Seedling Warehouse” on Douyin, created by Song, ranks first in the category of flower gardening in China. More than one million fruit seedlings are sold annually, with an annual income of about 15 million yuan.

As the business is becoming more prosperous, Song is driving more surrounding villagers to join the Douyin for e-commerce to increase their income.

In the company, Song provides training for villagers, including on-site control, live streaming, packaging and delivering, seasonal characteristics and management skills of seedlings.

Since 2020, Song has trained 10 streamers and offered jobs to more than 70 villagers in the surrounding area, bringing each an average annual income increase of about 30,000 yuan.

Song said that in the future, the company will guide farmers near its two bases to make use of the vacant land and idle resources to develop the courtyard planting industry, striving to make farmyards a way to boost income.

In order to develop more leaders like Song in the development of the agricultural industry, the new farmers’ college “Red Seed” has been established, where targeted agricultural skill training, entrepreneurship and employment training, and vocational skill training are carried out to inject talent and vitality into the rural revitalization of Lukou Town.
 
 Improvement of Malin Old Street
 

 
The Malin Old Street is located in the central area on both sides of the Malin River, where many merchants gathered here in the ancient times. It has a long history and rich cultural heritage. It is surrounded by the only underground hot spring in the county, which is the precious cultural and tourism wealth of Lukou Town, as well as a strong driver for rural revitalization.

Since the beginning of this year, in conjunction with the construction of hectares of grain production demonstration area, Lukou Town has improved Malin Old Street to drive the development of the surrounding homestay industry and offer jobs to the local residents through the development of hot springs.

“The entire project has an investment of 5 million yuan and is currently undergoing the exterior renovation, with uniform style and improved living environment,” said Chen Bai’an, an official of Lukou Town.

Since the beginning of the project, the improvement and renovation of Malin Old Street has been in smooth progress due to the efforts of the villagers. “Only by setting an example can we convince the masses and better demolish illegal buildings,” said Tang Yuan, a villager representative. During the process, she was the first to demolish her own steel frame shed.

Now, the new Malin Old Street has taken shape. Peng Zhijun, who runs an agricultural materials store in the street, has witnessed the gradual changes in the old street over the past twenty years.
The once idle resources have been turned into wealth, enabling villagers to increase income at their doorstep, and bringing the masses more expectations for a better life.
 
 
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