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Furry angora rabbits bring rural county out of poverty

By Wu Yan (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2016-04-28 10:19 Comments

Furry angora rabbits bring rural county out of poverty

Journalists take photos of angora rabbits at Xinhui Angora Rabbits Farm in Baijian village, Laishui county, in North China’s Hebei province. [Photo by Kou Jiaxiang provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

My life has improved a lot since I worked in the rabbit farm," said 48-year-old Zhang Xiaocui, a native of Baijian village, Laishui county, Hebei province, "I used to be a housewife, but now I can make some money."

Zhang smiles proudly. She has been employed in Xinhui Angora Rabbits Farm since April, 2014 when the farm was founded. The founding was a part of the poverty relief project carried out in Laishui, a national poverty-stricken county.

Though bordering Beijing, Laishui has long been underdeveloped as it is tucked away in a mountainous area, far away from trunk roads and tourist spots. The specialized fund earmarked by the central government provides a golden opportunity for its development.

"I got a monthly salary of 1,800 yuan," said Zhang, who works at the farm every day, raising rabbits and cutting rabbit hair.

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