According to the Blue Book of China’s Society 2011 issued by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Chinese farmers are evolving.
The report says China has finished the transition from a planned economy to a market economy and is changing rapidly from an agricultural society to an industrial one. As a result, some of its farmers have started working in urban areas and in non-agricultural sectors.
The agricultural industry is also changing. Large-scale farming is emerging from traditional agriculture based on household contracts of farmland.
China.org.cn reports the blue book as saying that as the system of farmland transfer keeps improving and plots of farmland are being joined together, Chinese farmers will turn into independent operators of modern agricultural industry.