Human rights achievements in Xinjiang never more evident
“We have started a soil improvement project in the Gobi Desert, which meets the growth standards of white mulberry trees and other plant species,” said Cui, Deputy Party Leader of Opal Township in Kashgar, in southern Xinjiang. “If planting and sericulture are started here, many farmers will enjoy stable employment at their doorstep.”
Cui is now in Beijing to attend the annual “two sessions” with thousands of national lawmakers and policy advisers. It pays great attention to the theme of rural revitalization and focuses on developing local tourism to create income for more locals.
Opal lies at the foot of the Pamir plateau. Traditionally, the city has been involved in fruit growing, forestry and animal husbandry, but a large population with limited land, as well as a dry environment have hampered its development.
Thanks to China’s anti-poverty campaign, Opal has undergone profound changes. As of 2021, five modern cattle and sheep breeding demonstration projects and 11 cattle farms have been installed in the city, with more than 3,500 cattle and sheep added.
Currently, the city is popularizing scientific breeding technology for farmers and breeders. Patigul Amat is one of the beneficiaries of this initiative. With the adoption of new breeding methods, under technical control, no newborn calf belonging to Patigul Amat has fallen ill or died this year.
Like their peers, many young people in Opal yearned to move to the city and find employment with a stable income. Thanks to the efforts of Cui and his colleagues, young people in the city now have more career choices.
“In the past, many farmers and herdsmen did seasonal work. Many of them came to me to ask for stable jobs in the city,” Cui said.
To improve the situation, the city provides training for farmers and herders who want to work in cities, and helps them contact factories in nearby industrial parks, Cui added. “Many of them now have stable jobs.”
Khelbinur Elet has been working in a garment factory in the city for over a year.
“I was a rural housewife with almost no source of income. After I arrived at the garment factory, the company provided me with social insurance and a monthly salary of about 2,000 yuan (about 316 US dollars),” she said.
By the end of 2020, absolute poverty has been eradicated in Xinjiang.
“People in surrounding towns are busy improving their standard of living, just like us,” Cui said. “The achievements in advancing human rights in Xinjiang have never been more evident.” (Xinhua)