In late spring, the trees are lush and the flowers bloom. In Balu Town, Pizhou City, there are greenhouses one after another under the sun.
In recent years, Balu Town has closely focused on the “Four Ones” industrial layout of the Pizhou Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government, insisting on ecological priority and green development, highlighting the integrated development of the flower industry. With a high starting point planning and standards, the ecological flower park with the combination of agricultural tourism as the core is built. The flower industry has embarked on a fast-track of large-scale development and opened a beautiful blueprint of rich people and strong towns.
On the morning of April 27th, the reporter came to the Xuzhou Hanbang Nursery Flower Production Base, located in Balu Town. The pineapple flowers in the greenhouse growing hard and red flowers blooming. Liu Yongchen, the person in charge of the base, told the reporter that the base uses pineapple flowers as the main variety, also planting succulents, perennial flowers, and high-quality green seedlings.
In the production greenhouse of Pizhou Dongzhihui Horticulture Co., Ltd., the small purple flowers are blooming and converging into a flower sea. Ma Zengqian, general manager of the company, said that the company occupies an area of 10 hectares, with 7 smart greenhouses built in the first phase and 8 greenhouses built in the second phase, with a total area of 25,000 m2. The main business scope is breeding and flower production and sales. The products are mainly composed of more than 50 kinds of grass flowers such as pansy, marigold, cineraria, begonia, etc., and cultivate nearly 8 million kinds of grass flowers every year. Mr. Ma: "the company's annual output value is 20 million RMB, the profit is 10 million RMB, can provide 170 employment positions, and drive more than 300 neighboring households to develop flower production."
At the Shanghai Yuanyi Seedling (Pizhou) Flower Base, which is under construction, the reporter saw that a huge glass greenhouse has been built, and the semi-automatic planting stand inside is being welded. This production base is planned to build 26,000 m2, which will realize automatic seeding, germination, and seedling cultivation. After the completion of the entire project, it will annually produce 300 million flower seedlings with an output value of 100 million RMB.
In the Balu Town Flower Industrial Park, a Belgian agricultural technology company, Deroose, was also introduced. The Belgian company is the world's largest supplier of flower seedlings, owning 90% of the world's pineapple flower germplasm resources, and is known by farmers as "the world's top breeder". The project is constructed in two phases. The first phase invests 120 million RMB (including 10 million RMB from targeted poverty alleviation project funds) to build a high-standard tissue culture room of 3,500 m2, a high-end intelligent solar greenhouse of 20,000 m2, and office buildings and rooms for supporting facilities of 3,000 m2. After the company is put into production, it can produce 50 million pineapples and other flower seedlings annually, realize an annual output value of 300 million RMB, and 200 million RMB from exports, which will drive the employment of 600 people. After the project is put into production, the advantages of Balu Town's flower industry will continue to grow, forming a flower production pattern of base-produced, scaled, standardized, and foreign trade.
Wang Shuangshuang, deputy mayor of Balu Town, said that in the Flower Industrial Park of Balu Town, there are 11 leading floral enterprises, such as Belgium Deroose Agricultural Technology (Pizhou) Co., Ltd., Hanbang Nursery, and Shanghai Yuanyi Seedling (Pizhou) Flower Base which have played a very strong driving role. In addition, there are 18 flower planting cooperatives in the town, with an area of over 1,000 hectares of flower seedlings. The intelligent solar greenhouses for seedlings of bromeliads and phalaenopsis and other high-end flowers exceed 120,000 m2 in total, the ornamental grass base is more than 100 hectares, the annual export of flowers and seedlings earns more than 20 million US dollars, and the number of employees involved in the floral industry exceeds 3,000. In recent years, the town has won honorary titles such as the national "one village, one product" demonstration village, the provincial modern agricultural science and technology comprehensive demonstration base, and the provincial entrepreneurship incubation demonstration base.
Regarding the future development of the flower industry in the town, Wang Shuangshuang said that the town will highlight the quality and benefits of the flower industry and adhere to intensive, standardization and branding. Establish a living resource library, sample library and database of flower germplasm resources to improve the localized supply capacity of high-quality seed production; supporting flower experience hall, flower supermarket, farmer entrepreneurship incubation employment training base, flower professional trading market, flower logistics park. Create a diversified industrial format integrating R & D, demonstration, promotion, sales, logistics, e-commerce, and leisure tourism of new flower varieties such as phalaenopsis, extend the industrial chain, enhance the value chain, and improve the interest chain. Make "the beauty of a flower" as the beautiful business card for modern agriculture in Pizhou City.