Creative Agriculture Carnival
From March 23 to May 12, the First Beijing Agriculture Carnival was held in Beijing’s Changping District. During the 51 days, more than a million tourists visited to embrace the charm of modern agriculture. The event featured more than 400 new products, 60 technological innovations, and 30 creative activities. Visitors not only participated in various interactive activities, but also purchased fresh agricultural products. As a brand new form of Beijing’s agricultural exhibition, this carnival highlighted modern agriculture’s functionality in terms of production, daily life, ecology, and culture, meeting the public’s demands both materially and spiritually, as well as expanding channels for farmers to increase their incomes.
Most Difficult Year to Get a Job
China’s Ministry of Education recently announced that Chinese university graduates in 2013 will number nearly 7 million. But according to surveys of 500 work units in early February, employment opportunities this year have decreased by 15 percent. Slowing economic growth, decreased labor demand in some industries, and greater numbers of graduates all contribute to job-hunting pressure this year.
For over a decade, China’s count of university graduates has increased every year. At present, the gross enrollment rate for university students sits at 30 percent. According to related development plans, the figure will rise to 40 percent by 2020. Thus, job-hunting difficulties may persist for a long time.
Along with adjusting and honing employment policies, formulating new policies and establishing long-term mechanisms, more attention should be placed on fairness in such circumstances. Only when prejudice against factors such as gender, hukou (residential registration), appearance, and family status are eliminated can pressure on university graduates’ employment be relieved.
(Yuan Xinwen, People’s Daily)
Relief with Clean Hands