China: Chrysanthemum industry helps villagers get rich

Local farmers in Sikou Town of Wuyuan County, east China's Jiangxi Province, are organized in recent years in a campaign to create a combination of trade company plus production coop plus farmer organisation in order to streamline the marketing of chrysanthemum, a traditional Chinese medicine herb. The county, with over 4000mu (about 266 hectares) of chrysanthemum plantation, expects a revenue of 40 million yuan (about 5.7 million U.S. dollars), meaning 15,000 yuan (about 2,200 US dollars) for every farmer, out of the herb production this year. View pictures of the harvest here.

In recent years, the county of Jinxian has also made efforts to establish a local agricultural brand by developing over 2,000 mu (133 hectares) of yellow chrysanthemums, employing more than 100 impoverished households to participate in working. The county's yellow chrysanthemums are now in the harvest season, with the total output value estimated to exceed 20 million yuan (2.9 million U.S. dollars) this year. Xinhua also has pictures of the harvest in this county.

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