China: Abundance of crops grow in arid Xinjiang desert

Agriculture enjoys a long history in Kizilsu Kirgiz autonomous prefecture, a prefecture that boasts abundant sunlight in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Now, agriculture in the autonomous prefecture is becoming modernized and more and more driven by technology.

Last year, the autonomous prefecture's capital Artux planted 271,600 mu (18,107 hectares) of food crops and built 30,900 mu of high-standard farmland, with a yield of 126,000 tons. Besides, Artux also established an autonomous region-level agricultural technology park.

Given the remarkable performance, it's hard to imagine that Artux is home to nearly 3,773 square kilometers of desert that covers 24.7 percent of its total area. Ahu township, located in the northwest of Artux, has built a 1,180-mu agricultural park on desert. Over the past 10 years, 346 greenhouses have been established in the facility's agriculture base, where over 20 types of fruits and vegetables are grown.

Outside these greenhouses, there is a vast desert swept by heavy winds. However, inside of them, warm and humid air is nurturing the greenness. Real-time videos are shown on big screens in the greenhouses so that farmers can get a better knowledge of the growth of crops.


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