Liupanshui engages its impoverished population in high value-added industries By Wang Hairong
Rows upon rows of concrete poles are neatly arrayed along a hillside in Miluo Township. Beside the poles stand kiwi trees, about 2 meters tall, whose branches spread out along a wire net knitted at the top of the poles, giving the scene the resemblance of a vineyard.
The kiwi orchard in Miluo in Shuicheng County, in Liupanshui in southwest China’s Guizhou Province, is also a poverty alleviation project.
Green, egg-sized, oval kiwifruits hide beneath dense leaves, escaping the attention of unskilled eyes. “Here they are,” said Xie Mengjie, Deputy Secretary of the Miluo Township Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), pointing at two kiwifruits that he had spotted. As kiwifruits mature in summer, by September, most of those in the orchard have already been harvested, he said.
In the past, corn was grown in the field in Miluo, which could only fetch a meager income. In recent years, the township government has encouraged the cultivation of more economically profitable agricultural products such as kiwi, walnuts and tea, to implement the central authorities’ call to turn green mountains and clear water into sources of wealth. Reform is being carried out to “transform resources into assets, funds into equities, and farmers into stockholders.”
A sweet undertaking
Miluo has 34,566 residents in five villages, half of whom belong to minority ethnic groups. Currently, nearly one fourth of all the residents still live in poverty.
In recent years, some residents have shaken off poverty by working in the kiwi orchard.
Wang Shunyou, a resident in Ejia Village, used to plant corn and yam, making only around 2,500 yuan ($382) a year. With a 70-plusyear-old mother and two school-age children to support, he had to work odd jobs elsewhere. After the kiwi orchard was developed, he started working there.
Gradually, he became a skilled worker and then a supervisor, making 36,000 yuan ($5,500) a year. In 2016, he received nearly 100,000 yuan ($15,280) from the project’s management company, which in addition to his salary included dividends from the land he invested in the company in return for shares. With the money, he bought a car.
“Although it took painstaking efforts to pool land together, now seeing the stretches of kiwi and walnut trees and scores of people working there every day, I feel relieved,” said Zhang Dingrong, Secretary of the CPC Branch of Ejia Village. In 2015, Ejia was removed from the list of poor villages in the county.
Poultry rearing benefits
At the foot of karst hills in Liupanshui, beneath a crystal-clear azure sky, lies a large meadow dotted with red-roofed and white-walled miniature enclosures and wild flowers dipping and swaying in the breeze. Wave after wave of rooster calls break the tranquility of the valley.
The location is the Liangdufeng Chicken Farm, launched in Qinglin Township in February to alleviate poverty in the area.
Currently, around 10,000 chickens live on the farm, while approximately 10,000 chickens have been sold to customers including supermarkets, schools, hospitals and government departments, said Zhao Zerong, Manager of Zhongshan District Property Management and Service Co. Ltd., a state-owned company founded to run government-funded poverty alleviation projects.
Zhao said the site used to be a waste dump before the company carried out ecological
The Liangdufeng Chicken Farm in Qinglin Township in Liupanshui, Guizhou Province