The lush grape helps yield progress for Sandu county’s poor

China Daily - - BUSINESS - By SONG MENGXING song­mengx­ing@chi­nadaily. com.cn

To lift more lo­cal res­i­dents out of poverty, Sandu Sui au­ton­o­mous county in the south of Guizhou prov­ince has fully uti­lized its nat­u­ral re­sources and fo­cused on six sec­tors — in­clud­ing grape and tea cul­ti­va­tion — to boost eco­nomic growth.

Grape pro­duc­tion has be­come a ma­jor in­dus­try and the vine­yards pro­vide lush and spec­tac­u­lar scenery in Qian­jin vil­lage in Sandu.

One grower sur­named Wang said the weather has been good this sea­son and he ex­pects to have a net in­come of more than 200,000 yuan ($30,300) this year. Wang’s fam­ily owns 2.67 hectares of grapes.

By us­ing ad­vanced plant­ing tech­nol­ogy, the yield and qual­ity had im­proved a great deal when com­pared with last year, Wang said.

The grower said he em­ploys sev­eral neigh­bor­ing fam­i­lies, who cur­rently live below the poverty line, to take care of daily man­age­ment and har­vest­ing of the fruit, to help in­crease their in­comes.

This year, the grape plant­ing area in Sandu ex­tended to 9,067 hectares. The county au­thor­i­ties said they ex­pect a yield of 97,500 met­ric tons in to­tal and to­tal rev­enue worth about 310 mil­lion yuan from the in­dus­try in 2017.

The lo­cal va­ri­ety of crys­talline grapes are known for their dis­ease-re­sis­tance and suc­cu­lent taste, so they are pop­u­lar, of­fi­cials from Sandu said.

They added that the pro­duce is mainly sold to other coun­ties and cities in Guizhou, as well as the neigh­bor­ing prov­inces of Sichuan, Hu­nan, Yun­nan and Guang­dong, as well as the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

The county hosted a grape fes­ti­val on Au­gust 11 to pro­mote the lo­cal crys­talline grape in­dus­try.

In ad­di­tion, the county has built an in­dus­trial grape park, a grape trade cen­ter and sev­eral co­op­er­a­tives over the past few years.

The county gov­ern­ment has pro­vided train­ing for farm­ers, giv­ing them ac­cess to mod­ern op­er­a­tional con­cepts and man­age­ment skills.

The scale of the lo­cal grape pro­duc­tion has in­creased year by year and the sec­tor has be­come a pil­lar in­dus­try, in the process greatly con­tribut­ing to poverty al­le­vi­a­tion in Sandu.

Sandu is one of the 14 very poor coun­ties in Guizhou. Of its 390,000 pop­u­la­tion, some 59,800 are clas­si­fied as im­pov­er­ished. Pig rais­ing

Res­i­dents in Sandu have also de­vel­oped pig and pi­geon-rais­ing in­dus­tries, as well as the pro­duc­tion of tea, yel­low peaches and ed­i­ble mushrooms, to help the im­pov­er­ished pop­u­la­tion im­prove their lives.

A pig farm­ing cen­ter was re­cently com­pleted in Shangjiang vil­lage in Sandu in early 2016. With a to­tal in­vest­ment of about 847,000 yuan, it com­prises pig­geries with a to­tal area of 1,500 squares me­ters and sup­port­ing fa­cil­i­ties such as sep­tic tanks and ster­il­iza­tion rooms.

Lo­cal house­holds of­fer up their pigs to be­come share­hold­ers of the cen­ter and share in the prof­its.

Each fam­ily is ex­pected to have an an­nual in­come of about 10,000 yuan on av­er­age and some of them have found jobs in the cen­ter.

Even though the first pigs in the cen­ter are not yet fully grown for slaugh­ter, the farm­ing cen­ter has al­ready re­ceived many or­ders.

The vil­lage plans to ex­pand the cen­ter and help all the 88 im­pov­er­ished house­holds there to be­come more af­flu­ent. Tea pro­duc­tion

Tea is another sec­tor that the Sandu gov­ern­ment is ex­pand­ing to help with poverty al­le­vi­a­tion.

A white tea cen­ter in Ji­uqian town­ship has a plant­ing area cov­er­ing 2,000 hectares and also has fa­cil­i­ties for tea mak­ing. The white tea sec­tor not only “greens” the hills in Ji­uqian, but also in­creases in­come for lo­cal peo­ple, the town’s of­fi­cials said.

The Sandu county gov­ern­ment has en­hanced its sup­port for the tea in­dus­try in re­cent years and pro­vided more tech­ni­cal train­ing, to en­cour­age lo­cal res­i­dents to in­crease their in­comes by plant­ing tea.

Last year, tea farms in the county cov­ered a to­tal area of 8,300 hectares and they have en­gaged more than 23,000 farm­ers in tea plant­ing.

A lo­cal of­fi­cial said the yield of dried tea in Sandu reached 1,310 tons in 2016 and rev­enue amounted to 170 mil­lion yuan. A to­tal of 95,000 peo­ple di­rectly ben­e­fited from the tea in­dus­try last year. Yel­low peaches

As for the yel­low peach in­dus­try, the county has in­vested 14 mil­lion yuan in strength­en­ing its de­vel­op­ment.

The lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have guided res­i­dents to plant 2,160 hectares of yel­low peach trees, with 9,269 house­holds now en­gaged in the in­dus­try, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal of­fi­cials.

They said the county plans to have a to­tal peach tree plant­ing area of 7,701 hectares and the in­dus­try is ex­pected to help lift 35,437 peo­ple out of poverty by 2020.

It also plans to build sev­eral peach in­dus­try parks with func­tions al­lo­cated for pro­duc­tion, pro­cess­ing, sales, breed­ing and agri­cul­tural sight­see­ing, of­fi­cials said.

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