Posted October 11, 2018 05:08:00The story behind this morning’s sunrise in California’s Central Valley is that, for some reason, a couple of dozen farmers got together to grow a bunch of foodstuff for the Chinese New Year.
According to the Associated Press, “A California farmer has donated $3 million to a Chinese New Years celebration planned for the state’s Central California, the first time the government has ever donated money to a state celebration.”
The money was set aside by Gov.
Jerry Brown, and it’s going to be used to buy 10,000 pounds of rice and vegetables.
The money is earmarked to fund projects at farms, farms’ markets, and other local food businesses, and to support Chinese cultural events.
The money is not earmarked for any specific cause, and many in the Chinese community were disappointed with the state of the local food supply.
The AP reported that some locals “have voiced concerns that the state may be sending food to China but not to the people.”
“I’m happy for the money, but I’m also concerned about the people,” one local told the AP.
“I feel that the money could go to the wrong people.”
The AP reported about 40 other farmers, some with their families, had joined in the effort to raise funds for the festival.
The Associated Press reported that one of the farmers is planning to start selling his own produce.
This is what I saw yesterday morning:A woman walks in front of a group of farmers preparing rice, carrots, cucumbers, and broccoli for the China New Year in California.
| AP Photo/Ben MargotCALIFORNIA—Hundreds of Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles, California, gathered yesterday to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday in front a statue of Mao Zedong.
| Photo via ShutterstockThe story was shared by some Chinese residents in China, who said that they were “very disappointed with what is happening in China.”
They also said that the food was not being distributed as promised and that some farmers had been “dumped” by local officials.
The local government said that all money raised would go toward Chinese cultural projects.
The AP described one Chinese-American farm owner as saying that he had been promised a lot of food by the state, but that he did not receive what he wanted.
“The government is not giving enough,” he told the Associated Report.
The Chinese government, meanwhile, told the AFP that it will help support the Chinese food industry and that it would work with farmers and businesses to help them grow.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce told the Chinese state news agency Xinhua that “China will support the efforts of the Chinese farmers and farmers’ organizations to develop a nationwide program for the harvest of Chinese produce during the holiday season, to be implemented by 2020.”
“We have been working closely with local authorities to ensure the timely distribution of all necessary agricultural products during this year’s Lunar New Years,” a spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture and Food and Forestry told the Los Angeles Times.
“We will make it possible for farmers and agricultural enterprises to provide food to the citizens during the festival.”
The government has not yet commented on the matter, and a spokesperson told the Times that it’s too early to tell how the program will work.