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Tibet's grain industry maintains sustainable development

( China Tibet Online ) Updated: 2013-10-22 13:46:38

Tibet's grain industry maintains sustainable development

In order to achieve a rapid growth in the output of food production, Tibet has planted 100,000 mus of "Zangqing 2000" highland barley in the demonstration farmlands which spread over 5 cities and 28 counties in 2013. [Photo/China Tibet Online]

Themed as "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition", the World Food Day in 2013 falls on Oct 16. Tibet has embraced the harvest since September and its grain industry maintains a sustainable development and ensures safety in production. The Shigatse prefecture, renowned as the "granary of Tibet", has celebrated its highland barley harvest by the side of Nyangchu River in the fall of 2013.

Tendar, an old man lived in the Pelek Village of Lhatse Township, which belongs to the Lhatse County of Shigatse Prefecture, said: "There are 11 people in my family and we own 41.5 mus of farmland. The main food crops are highland barley, winter wheat and oilseed rape." According to Tendar's estimates, the total amount of highland barley harvest will reach more than 15,000kg. If every kilogram of highland barley is worth 3.6 yuan (about 0.59 U.S. dollars), then the Tendar's family can make a profit of over 50,000 yuan (about 8200 U.S. dollars) this year.

"A bumper year again," said Tendar, "every year the government will distribute the grain subsidy directly to us, which greatly improves our farmers' motivation."

According to the official data, by the end of 2012, the amount of annual Tibetan food production has maintained over 900,000 tons for 13 consecutive years, thereinto, the annual output of highland barley has kept stabilized around 600,000 tons.

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