orchid nursery of brother Rao Fuchang and Rao Chunrong in Liancheng
County, Fujian Province. Their orchids are sold in the Republic
of Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Macao.
China’s township enterprises have
developed on the basis of the handicrafts industry and the processing
of agricultural products and by-products. They have flourished since
1978, becoming the mainstays of the rural economy. In 1999, 2,500
billion yuan in industrial output value was produced by the township
enterprises, and the value of exported commodities came to 720 billion
yuan. Now there are more than 20 million township enterprises in
China, having 125 million employees. Township enterprises are involved
in industry, agriculture and transportation, along with the building,
commerce, and catering trades. They produce a variety of goods,
from products needed in agriculture to daily necessities, foodstuffs,
sideline products and light industrial materials. Many of these
products are exported.