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    Exterior view - Juili county, in southwest China's border region, Yunnan province. This is where?

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    Background: Exterior view - Juili county, in southwest China's border region, Yunnan province. This is where the people of the Tai nationality live in compact communities.

    Team leaders king plan Commune members working in paddy fields - The Kuangshuang Production team here has 33 households and over 60 hectares of rice-fields. In the past, it had very few farming machines but many pots of land which made the problem of the shortage of labour force all the more apparent. They resolved to mechanize farming at a more rapid pace. for that purpose, they planned to mere all the scattered plots into large tracts of and land.

    Tractors in field - Through self-reliance and years of strenuous effort, the commune members have turned those plots of rugged land into large tracts of smooth fertile paddyfields, ensuring a good yield irrespective of drought or water-???ogging. There has been also initial progress in farm mechanization.

    Fruit trees Fishing ducks Feeding pigs Processing grain Dwellings Interior living room Woman sewing Harvesting - Now they developing a diversified economy while doing very well in grain production.

    Like in inland rural people's communes, the commune members of this border village are living much better as production goes up.

    This is the family of an ordinary commune member. At present, this production team has a public accumulation of more than 300,000 yuan (Renminbi) and upwards of 95,000 kg of reserve grain in store. This year, they are gathering another good harvest of early rice.

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