At the last estimate, Peking's population numbered about seven millions. A well-geared industry around the?
SV Fishermen netting fish through hole in ice, men and women picking fish from water (4 shots)
SV Ducks flocking into pool (2 shots)
CU PAN Chicken farm (2 shots)
GV Heard of pigs.
LV Woman tending cattle in pens
SV Sheep (3 shots)
LV INT Group studying philosophy (2 shots)
SV PAN Chinese cabbages stored in cellar
SV Women grading eggs (4 shots)
CU Pig carcasses going through cleansing through and on conveyer. (4 shots)
CU Chickens being slaughtered on revolving stand.
SV Woman packaging ducks.
CU Ducks being roasted (3 shots)
CU Sweet wrapping machine and chocolate bars ready for export
SV Women sorting sweets and packing (3 shots)
SV Woman tending bottling machine (2 shots)
CU PAN Bottles of wine
CU Canned food factory and canning machine (4 shots)
CU Canned foods ready for marketing (3 shots)
SV Cans on conveyor PAN TO women stacking cans
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Background: At the last estimate, Peking's population numbered about seven millions. A well-geared industry around the capital has sprung up to feed its inhabitants. From Peking Television comes this black-and-white coverage of food production in communes, most of them located in the suburbs of Peking.
The film covers the harvesting of natural food resources--fishermen and women are seen at work netting fish from a frozen river--to the large scale production of such delicacies as Peking duck. There are also glimpses of Peking's highly mechanised food processing and packaging industries, which turn out products for both the domestic and world markets.
SYNOPSIS: Not far from Peking, fishermen net large quantities of fish from a frozen river. Their effort is part of well-geared operations to supply foodstuffs to the capital -- both to feed the several-million inhabitants and to provide raw material for the food production industry.
Communes in the suburbs of Peking raise large quantities of poultry. Here, as in the rest of the Chinese People's Republic, the resolve of the commune workers is to increase production. They set about it in two ways. It is their constant study to utilise existing resources with increased efficiency. At the same time, they seed to diversify output by introducing by-products.
Here, workers of the Chung-wan District Vegetable Supply Centre study means of applying Chairman Mao's philosophy to their experiments in keeping vegetables fresh.
One of their successes has been in preventing Chinese cabbages from flowering during storage by controlling environmental conditions in the storage cellars. Chemical preservatives have also been used in experiments.
Supplies of fresh eggs pour into the capital from suburban communes and from other parts of the country Again a well-geared operation swing into operation to grade and store the eggs ready to meet the needs of Peking's population. Peking Television reports that workers in the foodstuff industries in the capital are constantly in touch with the food producers to ensure increased supplies.
Big increases have been recorded in livestock rearing generally. The development of pig-raising in the suburban communes and rural areas has not only met market demands, but has enabled the large-scale storage of pork.
Personnel of the capital's poultry processing trade purchase tens of thousands of rabbits, chickens and ducks every day from suburban communes. Peking duck and roast duck are specialities that enjoy a world-wide reputation. But apart from poultry, the meat industry is satisfying an increasing demand for a wider variety of delicatessen products.
There is also an expanding confectionary trade. The Capital's Worker-Peasant-Soldier Foodstuff Plant has achieved a record to be proud of -- exceeding scheduled production last year by thirty per cent.
The brewing and canning industries have also been making great progress. The Chinese workers intend that both wines and canned foods should make an increasing impact on the world, as well as domestic markets. Traditional Chinese delicacies formed a major part of the first shipment of goods to reach the United States, following the resumption of trade between the two countries last month.