Mod­ern tech­niques

ChinAfrica - - China Report -

It is not an easy thing to plant veg­eta­bles in cities as there is a big dif­fer­ence between ru­ral and ur­ban environment. Ru­ral farm­ing has spe­cial re­quire­ments in many as­pects in­clud­ing soil, tem­per­a­ture and fer­til­izer, which can­not be eas­ily found in ur­ban ar­eas.

But in re­cent years, many Chi­nese agri­cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions have been pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions to sup­port ur­ban farm­ing. Sub­se­quently, agri­cul­tural ex­perts at Dax­ing Agro-tech­ni­cal Pro­mo­tion Cen­ter in Bei­jing un­der­took a se­ries of ex­per­i­ments to help de­velop tech­niques to sup­port the grow­ing ur­ban farm­ing trend.

“Our cen­ter made great achieve­ments in pro­mot­ing pot-grown veg­eta­bles,” said Ha Xue­jiao, a tech­ni­cian at the cen­ter. “We de­vel­oped spe­cial fer­tile soil with a bal­anced pro­por­tion of or­ganic fer­til­izer. This is con­ve­nient for those who know lit­tle about fer­til­iza­tion. Be­sides, the soil is in­sect proof, which is an ad­van­tage for ur­ban use,” she said. In ad­di­tion, the cen­ter also pro­vides tech­no­log­i­cal guid­ance to ur­ban farm­ers.

From 2009, Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Agro-tech­ni­cal Pro­mo­tion Cen­ter car­ried out a num­ber of tech­ni­cal re­search pro­grams to pro­mote plant­ing at home. It pro­duced dif­fer­ent plant­ing con­tain­ers for this pur­pose, such as wall-mounted pots, ver­ti­cal col­umn type shelves and mul­ti­layer shelv­ing which is prac­ti­cal for ur­ban apart­ments. In ad­di­tion, the cen­ter also de­vel­oped fast­grow­ing veg­etable seeds with long-term harvest. They sim­plify the plant­ing pro­ce­dures and make it eas­ier for ur­ban farm­ers to en­joy their plant­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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