On September 22, the third Chinese Farmers’Harvest Festival was held with millions of Chinese farmers celebrating the agricultural bounty.
Millions of Chinese farmers celebrate the harvest (Xinhua News Agency)
The Chinese Farmers’Harvest Festival was launched in 2018 and is held every Autumn Equinox. It is the first festival specially set up for farmers at the national level.
Tianfu First Steaming
At Tianfu Harvest Festival in Dayi County, Chengdu, 1,134 pieces of bamboo — with a diameter of 11 meters and a height of six meters — were used for ‘Tianfu’s First Steaming’. Traditional western Sichuan food culture was used to steam authentic delicacies.
Deng Nanqiu and his enormous wax gourd
In Guang’an City’s harvest celebration, a large wax gourd weighing 90.4 pound bagged the limelight. ‘We plant wax gourd every year for our consumption. We didn’t expect it to grow to 90.4 pounds,’ said Deng Nanqiu, 54,a resident of Xiangguzhai Village, Shiyong Town, Linshui County, Guang'an City.
This year, China’s summer grain production stood at 143 million tons, an increase of 1.21 million tons over the same period the previous year. The production figures of autumn grain, which accounts for three quarters of the annual grain output, also appear positive. ‘This year, the planting area of autumn grain in China will increase compared with last year, if there is no disaster in later stages, the prospect of grain production in the entire year is worth looking forward to,’ Fu Linghui, spokesman for the National Bureau of statistics, said.
The outbreak of COVID-19 still continues around the world, forcing many countries to restrict food exports. The Chinese Farmers’Harvest Festival, which was held as scheduled, shows the world that China's grain ration stocks are full and that 1.4 billion Chinese enjoy food security. （By Edina Liang）