owd, he told them in a low voice: “If someone asks you for money later, don’t give them money just because you feel sorry for them.
Everyone is afraid of poverty, as long as someone gives money, others will swarm over.”
Shi Jin nodded, his voice arduous, “How long has this been going on?”
The governor let out a sigh, “Ever since the locusts ravaged the area, the people’s lives have been deteriorating day by day, and now without food, most people have reached a point where they can’t eat enough.
But with so many mouths, we can’t rely on relief alone.”
Most of the people of Jinzhou have been farmers for generations, living off the soil and growing food.
Now that the locusts have struck, both women and children are starving at home, and there is not enough work in the city to feed them, which not only depletes the country’s reserves but also wastes labor.
If this disaster is not resolved soon, I am afraid that the extremely hungry people will rebel and the situation will only become more and more serious and even cause large-scale turmoil.
Governor Zhifu said while walking along with them.
Finally, they came to a large area of farmland.
It can be seen that this farmland was full of grain before, but unfortunately after the locust plague, the grain grown was gnawed until there was not much left.
Governor Zhou was powerless to do anything about it.
After introducing the situation of this land in detail, he stepped aside, intending to hand over this matter to Shi Jin and others.
Shi Jin squatted on the ground, checked it a bit, then got up and looked at Wen Chi: “Take a look.”
Wen Chi picked up some soil and pushed it away with his fingertips: “Locusts like to lay eggs in such moist soil.”
Shi Jin smiled wryly: “So there will be locust plagues in Jinzhou every year.”
When Wen Chi was still in the capital, he had suggested on paper that Shi Jin should organize the people to build new water conservancy and plant trees and so on, although it would take a long time to do so, it would also be very effective.
However, now that he came to Jinzhou, Wen Chi realized how naive he was when he said those methods.
Not to mention that his methods will take several years or even decades to see results, just look at the living conditions of the people, how can they find the strength to do those things under the premise of not being able to feed themselves?
He was afraid that the locust plague would not be cured by then and the people would starve to death instead.
Even if the state distributes food, it will be impossible to feed so many people in the next few years to decades.
They still have to come up with a method that can effectively control the locusts in a short period of time, at least to ensure the food and clothing of the people first.
Wen Chi and Shi Jin watched several pieces of farmland together with Governor Zhou and time passed unknowingly during their discussion.
In the blink of an eye, it was evening.
The sun was setting in the west and the brilliant flaming clouds were like pretty floral patterns that covered half of the sky.
“Prince Xuan, let’s go back first and come to see again tomorrow.” Governor Zhou said to Shi Jin, “This place is different from the capital city, it’s not safe at night.”
Shi Jin remembered what he saw along the way and nodded solemnly: “Alright.”
When he was about to leave, Wen Chi suddenly found that Hua Zi Zang, who had followed them before, had disappeared.
He hurriedly asked Governor Zhou and only then learned from his attendant that Hua Zi Zang had been attending to a little girl in a shed where the people lived.
Hua Zi Zang has traveled abroad for many years, not only proficient in medical skills, but also understands many difficult and miscellaneous diseases that only spread among the people.
He was invited by General Lin to Jinzhou not to contribute to the control of locust plagues but also because the people of Jinzhou were plagued by diseases.
Before the group reached the sheds, they heard a commotion in the distance.
It seemed that there was a conflict.
General Lin and Shi Jin glanced at each other, and when Shi Jin nodded, General Lin understood and led the guards behind him in stride, his hand also unknowingly touching the sheath of his sword.
Wen Chi and Shi Jin followed closely behind.
As they approached, they saw that the crowd had been dispersed by General Lin and his guards and in the middle of them was an ugly-looking Hua Zi Zang and a woman who was crying behind him, with an equally crying little girl in his arms.
Hua Zi Zang took out a handkerchief to wipe away tears for the little girl and comforted the little girl softly.
General Lin, who was in front of Hua Zi Zang, had a fierce look in his eyes and drew out most of his long sword from his waist.
He viciously stepped on the shoulder of a middle-aged man and said in a stern voice, “If you dare to move one more time, don’t blame me for using this sword.”
The middle-aged man was trembling with fear at General Lin and begged for mercy repeatedly: “I was wrong, I dare not do it again, my lord, please spare me!”
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“General Lin.” Shi Jin frowned and walked over, “What’s going on?”
General Lin sneered disdainfully, glanced at the middle-aged man who was about to piss in fear, and said mockingly: “This man plans to sell his youngest daughter to an old man in his sixties as a concubine.
He has already sold three daughters before, this youngest daughter of his is only eight years old.”
T/N – Sry I couldn’t update last week.
Chapter 59 is a huge chapter so I was procrastinating when translating it, hence the delay.
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