Cantaloupe for poverty relief bears fruit in Guangxi village

By Wang Kaihao and Shi Ruipeng (chinadaily.com.cn )

Updated: 2020-08-21

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Farmers harvest cantaloupes in Wuxuan county, Laibin, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. [Photo by Shi Ruipeng/China Daily]

In Wuxuan county, Laibin, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, a village once grappling with poverty, has found a new and fruitful path to prosperity.

Without much fertile land, Helyu Village in Tongling town, which is on the Tropic of Cancer, used to lack a pillar industry. In 2015, about 18 percent of the villagers lived under the poverty line. The average annual per capita income was 2,823 yuan ($403).

Nevertheless, the introduction of agricultural technology and a new business model into Helyu, where most residents are of the Zhuang ethnic group, has changed the face of the village. The no-soil culturing technique -- using fermented plant residue and manure -- enables cantaloupe to be harvested three seasons per year in the village. Collectively-owned farms were established in 2016 and more than 300 greenhouses have been set up.

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