China: Poverty alleviation project joins hands with pomegranate industry

Relying on the pomegranate industry, the poverty alleviation project jointly built by Liuyuan Town and Dige Town, Yicheng District in Zaozhuang, Shandong Province (China) has driven nearly 4,000 people in the two towns to achieve stable and long-term poverty alleviation.

According to the introduction, in recent years, the local government has integrated and coordinated in total 9.334 million RMB [1.4 million USD] and adopted the "state-owned enterprise trusteeship operation" model to build a "tourism+" modern agricultural leisure and sightseeing park, to promote industrial poverty alleviation projects from small to large, from weak to strong, from single to diversified, and further to consolidate the achievements of poverty alleviation, and comprehensively promote rural revitalization.

Adhering to the idea of ​​"prospering by pomegranate and developing for agriculture", the pomegranate is becoming a "cash cow" for local growers. According to the person in charge, Daliyu Pomegranate Leisure Park has built a high-standard pomegranate breeding center and a standardized pomegranate planting base. It has built 2 glass greenhouses, 1 plastic greenhouse, 11 plastic greenhouses without heating, and 1 farmhouse. Over 3 hectares of new high-standard pomegranate varieties have been planted.

In order to improve the achievement of poverty alleviation by science and technology, and improve the industrial development level of the park, the park also makes full use of advanced facilities such as smart greenhouses and steel frame greenhouses to build it into a "smart park". The construction and commissioning of facilities such as the agricultural Internet of Things, water and fertilizer integration, and green pest prevention and control has realized the industrialization of pomegranate seed breeding and has become a demonstration base leading the expansion of the national pomegranate seed varieties, and effectively promoted the development of the pomegranate industry in Yicheng District.

Jia Qingyun had previous experience in planting seedlings and flowers. After the park was completed, he had received relevant training and mastered the knowledge of pomegranate pot cultivation. Now he is engaged in pomegranate seedling cultivation in the park. According to him, every year from June to September, they will cut parts of the branches, cultivate them to about half a meter, and then transplant them to pots, cultivate them into potted pomegranates, and sell them all over China to further promote the pomegranate brand.


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