The centuries old practice of fish farming, once widely practiced in Europe and Asia, is today almost non-existent in some parts of Europe.
GV mulberry bushes being irrigated
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Background: The centuries old practice of fish farming, once widely practiced in Europe and Asia, is today almost non-existent in some parts of Europe. But the People's Republic of China, with its population of seven hundred million to feed, places fish farming high on the list of agricultural priorities. Production, mainly centred on four different species of crop, has risen considerably since the present government came to power in 1949, and complete communes of hundreds of thousands of families live almost entirely off the proceeds of fish farms. This film, shot by Visnews staff man Russell Spurr who has just returned to London following a three-week tour of the People's Republic, shows a typical fish farming commune in Hsunteh County, about 40 miles (64 kilometres) South-East of Canton.
SYNOPSIS: ???At Sah Jah the irrigation network is also used to grow mulberry trees for a silk-worm industry and to irrigate sugar-cane. The common system it seems, become an important part of the People's Republic