“Chinese grain! Chinese rice bowl!” On September 25, 2018,whenGeneral Secretary Xi Jinping inspectthe reclaimed landin Heilongjiang Province, he said that the great changes in the Great Northern Wilderness were“amazing” and stressed that itis not easy to buildtheGreat Northern Wilderness to this stage, and it hasreally played a big role in solving the problem of food and clothing for the Chinese people.
This is a magical black land:one year’s grain output here could feed 100 million Chinese for an entire year. More than 70 years ago, the Great Northern Wilderness got its name because of desolation. In 1947, in accordance with the important instructions of the CPC Central Committee“on theestablishment of a consolidated northeast base area”, a group of PLA arrived here, ignited the“first fire” and pulled the“first plow”.Since the 1950s, 140,000 demobilized officers and soldiers, 100,000 college graduates, 200,000youth who aidedhere and 540,000 urban educated youth have devoted themselves to the development and construction of the Great Northern Wilderness, working day and night under hard and cold conditions.They defy difficulties and forge ahead. Three generations ofbuilders ofthe Great Northern Wilderness dedicated their youth to the great cause of agricultural reclamation.
For more than half a century,the Great Northern Wilderness has developed fromawild area into a vital commodity grain production base and a largeandfertile granary in China. From“Great Northern Wilderness” to“Northern Granary”, people in the reclaimed land in HeilongjiangProvincehave cultivated the spirit of the Great Northern Wilderness featuring“working hard, daring to explore,seeing the bigger picture,makingselfless dedication” under the extremely difficult environment.
Thedevelopment and construction of the Great Northern Wilderness is a bond that combinespersonal ideals and pursuits with collective honor and national destiny. Regardless of ageand occupation,people unites together to challenge themselves. The have the courage to free their minds and are diligent in innovating andexploring. In the new era, we will keep moving confidently forward in broad strides and work hard with a vigorous spirit so that we cancontinue to write the chapters of glories.