'Flowers sell well in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, "flower economy" supports farmers'

"Flowers bloom in all seasons, with two crops a year and 80,000  to 100,000 plants in two greenhouses. There are no worries about selling." Zhu Fayong, the owner of the greenhouse in the flower greenhouse of the Shengshi Nonghe Fruit and Vegetable Planting Cooperative in Gu'an County, Hebei Province detailed the benefits of planting Kalanchoe to reporters.

After careful selection and packaging, 10 boxes of 240 pots of Kalanchoe were loaded on the insulated van and headed to the Gaobeidian Flower Market. “The leaves are different, the flower colors are different, and the flower names have good meanings. Kalanchoe is particularly popular in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. Based on the wholesale price of 6 RMB and the retail price of 18 RMB per pot, the annual sales are still considerable.” Zhu Fayong said.

According to the introduction, Gu'an County gives full play to its location advantages, actively adjusts the structure of the agricultural industry, aims at the needs of the flower market in Beijing and Tianjin, vigorously develops the flower planting industry, and establishes an industrial chain integrating planting, storage, transportation, and sales to drive the profits and help the villages to revitalize. The cooperative is located in Mentieying Village, Niutuo Town, Gu'an County. In the past, local farmers mainly planted traditional crops such as corn and wheat, with a meager income. The Shengshi Nonghe Cooperative where Zhu Fayong works have over 53 hectares of greenhouse planting area. It adopts the "cooperative + park + farmer + purchase by community group " management model of integration of production, supply and marketing and also land management. At present, the cooperative’s flower planting area is more than 11 hectares, with a comprehensive annual output value of more than 10 million RMB.

The Calathea in the local greenhouses is "sipping" nutrient water to accelerate their growth on the tidal-irrigated seedbed. In another greenhouse of the Shengshi Nonghe  Cooperative, Deng Junlong, the "Flower Steward" walked between the seedbeds to check the growth of flower seedlings. “One greenhouse is kept at around 20,000 seedlings. The mature and sellable seedlings alternate with newly planted seedlings to ensure that there are monthly shipments and new arrivals every month.” Deng Junlong said, the selling price of every pot of Calathea is basically about 10 RMB, and the base is mainly for wholesale business and sold to the surrounding areas in the city and the Beijing-Tianjin area.

Driven by the "flower economy", agricultural tourism projects such as fruit and vegetable picking, rural sightseeing, and fishing leisure in Gu'an County have gradually emerged. The local area will continue to focus on the theme of "flower economy", further explore the "flower industry", and realize "prospering agriculture with flowers and enriching farmers with flowers."

Source: stnn.cc

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