As Chinese media First Finance and Economics reported on November 16, villagers in Zhifang Town, Ruzhou City, Henan Province have cultivated 200,000 mu (about 33,000 acres) of vegetables this year. However, the COVID pandemic this year has made farmers’ livelihood more difficult.
Yu Hang, a vegetable broker at the neighborhood wholesale market, told Da Ji Yuan that the vegetable market he worked in used to sell more than 20,000 catties of vegetables (about 26,000 pounds) annually.
Now that the price has been reduced to a loss, he can only sell more than 4,000 catties (about 5,000 pounds) a day.
He added that although the price of shallots has decreased from 1.5 yuan/catty ($0.20/catty) in previous years to 0.5 yuan/catty ($0.07/catty) this year, they are still unable to be sold. One catty is equivalent to 1.3 pounds.
Yu Hang sighed while looking that dozens of acres of vegetables were about to rot. He said, “It’s been three years into the pandemic, and it’s never been as sad as this year.”
COVID pandemic disrupted the villagers’ livelihood.
Ruzhou City experienced COVID pandemic in late September of this year. This is the season to harvest vegetables for sale.
Due to the outbreak, local vegetable farmers were unable to harvest normally or sell their vegetables at the market.
Zhifang Town’s vegetables are primarily sold to other provinces.
According to a mainland report, trucks from other regions are not allowed to enter Zhifang. Meanwhile, local trucks can’t go out of the region.
The sale of vegetables can’t progress normally.