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Updated: 2014-03-25
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Huiyuan town in Huocheng county, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, is a well-known producer of sweet potatoes with a planting history of more than 30 years. The planting area in the town has reached 5,000 mu (333.33 hectares), bringing considerable profits to local farmers.

Sweet potatoes

Huiyuan is suitable for sweet potato cultivation, with ample sunshine, good soil and convenient irrigation.

The town has taken full advantage of its natural resources and geographic location to promote four cash crops: carrots, green onions, sweet potatoes and Chinese yams. It has also put more effort into improving plant management, introducing new varieties and developing characteristic agriculture.

In addition, Huiyuan town has introduced and planted 1,000 mu of purple sweet potatoes.

The farmers store their sweet potatoes in cellars to sell at a higher price during Spring Festival.

Huiyuan’s sweet potatoes, with their bright color and high nutrition value, are enjoying great popularity in the market with the increasing public awareness of healthy food.