Lotus root is a kind of natural food that demands a lot of human labor. So it has more added value than any other vegetable. The only way to get lotus root is to harvest it by man power. No matter how large a lake is, lotus root can not be harvested by machine. When harvest season comes, workers leave their hometowns for the production areas. Every year, Maorong and Shengwu walk away from home for seven months. It’s a comfortable salary that attracts them to do the job. They understand that the harder the job is, the more money they will earn. Before last spring festival, the price of lotus root shot up, attracting more workers to Jiayu.
“My waist hurts. One of my arms is aching. One of my legs is tingling. My stomach is also hurt. My wife has urged me to take good care of myself. We certainly hope the price can be higher only for the sake of our livelihood and earnings.”