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Chinese chives bring benefits to Huiyuan farmers

Updated: 2015-05-11
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Chinese chives bring benefits to Huiyuan farmers

People in Huiyuan town in the Xinjiang Autonomous region harvest Chinese chives. [Photo/xjhc.gov.cn]

Huiyuan town in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has been covered by 20 hectares of Chinese chives land so far and the plantation area is expected to increase, thanks to a strong demand in the Chinese chives market.

Chinese chives have been the source of income and a new-found wealth for Huiyuan farmers in recent years.

"Half of my annual income comes from Chinese chives," said Zhou Jianping, a Huiyuan villager who has planted Chinese chives for the last four years. Zhou said that he grew 2,000 square meters of Chinese chives in 2014 and sold the crop for 70,000 yuan ($11,270). This year, he has added another 1,333 square meters of land, even though the crop price has dropped from that of last year. He has already earned 50,000 yuan so far and has confidence in subsequent sales.

Chinese chives plantation costs less than and commands more money compared to a number of other crops. This has resulted in an increased number of chive plantations in Huiyuan in 2015.

Edited by Jacob Hooson