Wolfberry festival to be held in Ningxia
Chinese wolfberry, a speciality of Northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous
Region, has become an important link between the area and outside world.
According to Zhang Laiwu, vice-governor of Ningxia, the Chinese wolfberry
fruit and the products made from it are not only very "hot" in China, but also
demanded by many other countries.
The combined annual output value of related industries has exceeded 1 billion
yuan (US$120 million), Zhang said last weekend in Beijing at a news conference
for an international wolfberry festival.
Earlier next month, the Fourth China Ningxia International Wolfberry Festival
will be held in Zhongning, a county in Ningxia. It is expected to attract 500
business people, company representatives and scholars, Zhang announced.
At present, Zhongning, a leading wolfberry production base in the country,
has established 50-odd exclusive agencies for the sale of the product across the
Chinese wolfberry, crowned as "red diamond" in ancient Chinese medical books,
has been highly regarded for centuries as one of the foremost nutritional and
Many Chinese people believe that human life might be extended significantly
by using it for an extended period of time.
It is reported its fruit can help maintain the normal function of people's
liver and kidneys, drop blood pressure and improve eyesight.
As the original producton location, Ningxia boasts a 600-year history of
planting Chinese wolfberry trees and the plant has become a pillar industry that
helps local farmers increase their income.
To date, the region has more than 21,300 hectares of land grown with the
plant, producing more than 40,000 tons dried fruit a year, accounting for 26 per
cent and 42 per cent, respectively, of the country's total, said