Stories From The Field
Organic Farming Household：Mr. Li Ji kang
Male，72 yrs old
Chen Village，Hanyang Town，Yongji City，Shanxi Provinc
Mrs Li passed away a few years ago,
Mr. Li has a son and a daughter.
Communication with his son is limited due to family conflicts.
His daughter and son in-law work in a different location.
Mr. Li has been residing in the Yellow River area,
farming land of a size of 5 mu，of which 3 mu is corn and 2 mu is cotton.
而種植我們的有機棉我們不僅有種子補貼, 機耕補貼, 還有定期的技術指導和上門回收服務。
Two years ago,Mr. Li initiated a conversation with the Farmers Association for farming cotton organically. This is because at that time, Mr. Li had family problems and he had no technologies to farm other types of products of eco- nomic value. On the other hand, he would receive subsidies for seeds and farming machine rental from the Farmers Association and Mecilla. He would also benefit from services for regular technical consultation and recycling of used items onsite.
Mr. Li is particularly interested in learning. In the past two years, his skills for organic cotton farming has improved tremendously. With the support from the Farmers Association and Mecilla (the "Joint Project), he has become an expert of organic cotton farming and has gained plenty of experience for organic farming in general. The extension workers from the Joint Project visit Mr. Li almost every week at his residence. The extension workers not only provide technological guidance but more importantly, they chat with Mr. Li about his daily life and offer help. The visits are happy moments of Mr. Li and helps the Farmers Association to open dialogue with Mr. Li about his farming experience, families and life in general.