His plan was to triple the scale of his farm, but the money he poured into infrastructure has gone down the drain because of the wildlife ban.
“I was crying inside,” said Huang, who now raises rabbits and chickens.
China has set an ambitious target of eradicating extreme poverty and building a “moderately prosperous society” by the end of 2020.
But the pandemic fallout has made such a goal increasingly hard to achieve, with China’s economy contracting 1.6 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2020.
Even before the coronavirus dragged economic growth, more than five million rural Chinese lived in poverty — defined by the government as surviving on less than 2,300 yuan ($326) a year.
“With the epidemic this year, we are returning to poverty — and to a worse state than before,” said Huang.
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