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like many other villagers, contracted his farm to a company, set up by a local, that employs internet technologies to boost agricultural production.
Now much is going on behind the tranquil scenes of ducks and fish swimming around rice crops – data of the fields a
e updated and analyzed for better management; the harvests, including red rice, fish and duck eggs, are fetching bette
r prices on China’s e-commerce platforms, helping triple the income generated from the farmland.
And by improving its existing eco-farming traditions, rather than imposing radical cha
nges, the technologies do not seem to interrupt the other important source of income – tourism.
As visitors from China and beyond swarmed in to view the terraces, the county go
vernment of Yuanyang is also working to renovate old houses and revive farm traditions.
Rice terraces are placed under better protection and projects were launched to improve the irrigation network.
Agreement. This is where the prospect of a lengthy delay plays into the thinking of some.
A long delay presents the UK, potentially, with a choice. If it is to take part in the European elections, then it must legislate to do so before April 11. In that scenario, the
EU could propose a longish delay of around two years, with a fixed end point, but with a neat get-out clause. Were the Hous
e of Commons to approve May’s Brexit deal within that period, the UK would flip out of the EU and the Article 50 ex
tension would be reincarnated as the two-year transition, as per the current Withdrawal Agreement.
If that all sounds a little fiddly, here it is in simpler language. UK lawmakers would be presented with a choice of voti
ng to leave the EU with a deal that they may not love, or remain as a full member state and what that leads to is any
one’s guess: A general election, another referendum — take your pick of undesirable outcomes.
All of this was complicated further on Monday, when the Speaker of the House of Commons lobbed in a constitutional hand g
renade. John Bercow pronounced that Theresa May could not bring her Brexit deal back for a new vote in Parl
iament without the question being asked sufficiently differently from the one defeated last week.