China: Fresh winter fruits and flowers in Si County, Northern Anhui to supply the Spring Festival market in the Yangtze River Delta

The first snowfall of 2020 recently started in North Anhui, but in the many industrial parks in Si County, North Anhui, there are "gardens with spring" such as red strawberries, gorgeous flowers, green tomato seedlings, and sweet potatoes. This is the purchasing base for customers in Shanghai, Nanjing and other places, and it is also a precious place for local households to get more income.

With Spring Festival approaching, the largest flower and planting base in Anhui Province, Si County Flower and Tree Industrial Base, is welcoming the flower’s peak season. The flowers, such as "red fortune" and "anthurium", which symbolize the festive and joyful atmosphere are in short supply. In the 100,000 m2 intelligent greenhouse, flowers of pineapple, anthurium, and taro are blooming. Workers were quickly packaging and loading the car, for preparing to send it to the "Yangtze River Delta" area.

In the Vegetable Industrial Park of Bianhe Village, Changgou Town, tomato seedlings are growing well. Local farmers mostly choose to grow a variety called "Provence”. Si County has a long history, and there are many cultural monuments and historical sites. This is also one of the 23 poverty-stricken revolutionary old districts and counties in Anhui Province. In 2012, Si County was listed as a national key county for poverty alleviation and development.

In recent years, the county has taken advantage of its unique advantages and embarked on a path of poverty alleviation with local characteristics. Tong Kunpeng, secretary of the Party Committee of Pingshan Town, said that the town has played a very good industrial driving effect since the flower industrial base was built. Up to now, the base has led and driven more than 100 people to have employment and entrepreneurship, of which more than 40 employed and more than 20 entrepreneurs from poor households.

Yin Yongbang, leader of the Yongbang Strawberry Planting Cooperative in the Strawberry Industrial Park of Dunji Town, calculated the increased income: In the past, the local planting structure was single and simple, only with one season of wheat and one season of corn, and the average net profit per hectare was added up to 15,000 RMB. But now, if growing strawberry, the minimum income per hectare is 225,000 RMB.

The strawberries packed in the workers' hands varied in size because these were "tailored-made" according to different customer needs.

Yin Yongbang said that the existing scale of Strawberry Industrial Park in Dunji Town is more than 533 hectares. "This year, strawberry entering into the market is very early, and it is expected to reach the peak during the Spring Festival. According to the current yield is far from meeting the market demand, we will expand 666 more hectares, and then build a tissue culture center to provide seedlings for the local growers. Many of them are ready to expand after knowing the benefits. "


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