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Monorail trains used for crayfish farming in central China

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CHANGSHA, June 3 (Xinhua) — A crayfish farm in central China’s Hunan Province has set up a commuter rail to get their produce transported from the pond to the market, lowering labor cost dramatically.

The trains were tailor-made for the Hongxing Crayfish Farm in Tanjiashan Township, Xiangtan County. The farm used to hire potters to deliver the produce to the market, according to Cheng Jianjun, head of the farm.

A train can carry up to 200 kg of produce at a time. More than 1,000 yuan (about 140 U.S. dollars) of labor cost can be saved a day thanks to the use of the trains, according to Cheng.

Cheng said the rail lines can be designed according to the terrain, and the trains can be remotely controlled.

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