In the south of The People's Republic of China, "fishing" communes are common, and the one at Shachiao, near Kwangchow, is typical.
GV and CU villagers cutting elephant grass from river bank (3 shots).
MV Villagers carrying bundles of grass.
GV Villagers scattering grass on water and PAN TO Lake.
GV Fishermen setting up nets.
SV Fisherman in water ZOOM OUT
GV Fishermen pulling in nets.
CU Fishermen loading fish into baskets (2 shots)
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Background: In the south of The People's Republic of China, "fishing" communes are common, and the one at Shachiao, near Kwangchow, is typical. The fifteen thousand families that live in the commune provide a work force of about sixty-six thousand people. They breed fish and silkworms, and grow sugar cane.
Like all communes, time work force is broken down into production teams, ??? by production brigades. At Shachiao, 22 production brigades ??? 296 production ???sams, cultivating about one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five acres of land and water.
The main occupation at the Shachiao People's Commune is fish-breeding. The commune's land is laced with twelve thousand ponds in which fresh-water fish such as the "big-head", Dace, and Grass Carp, are bred.
The commune did not supply figure son its daily output, but the breeding ponds are believed to produce more than fourteen thousand tons of fish each harvest. The fish are harvested five or six times a year. It takes almost two years for the fish to grow from row to edible size.
China leads the world in fish-breeding methods, and most of its produce comes from the southern Kwangtung area. The most popular type of fish is the Gress Carp which is featured on this film. It is a fresh-water fish which is fed on grass that grows on the banks of the pond.