French grower:

"Yunnan is the ideal place to grow blueberries"

It’s still a little chilly outside at this time of year, but in the blueberry seedling greenhouses of Martin Dabilly, spring is everywhere. Dabilly is a French agricultural engineer who came to southwest China’s Yunnan province 16 years ago. He once planted raspberries in the province and now runs a berry plantation in Longyuan village, Songyang township, Songming county of Kunming, capital of Yunnan.

“The great climate and ecology in Yunnan attracted me,” he said, explaining the growing condition of raspberries is very demanding. The fruit needs sufficient sunlight, comfortable temperature and clean air, and that’s why the man chose Songming county. What’s more important is that the local government attaches high importance on sustainable development, which conforms to his development philosophy.

Huang Jianwei, deputy director of the Songyang neighborhood committee, Songming county, told People’s Daily that the local government, with the aim to promote the philosophy of green development, has provided multifaceted policy and capital support for farmers to help them renew production mode.

“Our blueberry seedlings are mainly aimed at the winter market,” Dabilly told People’s Daily as he checked the growth of the seedlings in a blueberry seedling workshop. “We have potential customers in these places,” he said, pointing to several contiguous green dots on a Yunnan map.

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