Trees are something of a rarity in the Tibet autonomous region. Conditions on the high-altitude plateau of the Nagqu Grassland – 4,500 meters above sea level – are not conducive to their growth, except for a few places in eastern Nagqu prefecture. Many of the nomads who inhabit the area had seldom seen a tree in their life until recently, when the remote places of the region were linked by roads and modern communications…Full Article: China Daily June 2015

Key Point

  • Since 2012, an agriculture technician in the Nagqu Division (Tibet’s largest region) of the People’s Liberation Army has planted more than 5,300 trees including Tibetan junipers, Qinghai spruce, and Tibetan poplars. Only 200 trees were still alive by 2015. The technician hopes to plant more trees along the Lhasa River and regions where desertification is a threat.

ChinaAg Comments

  • Barely is a staple crop grown across the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. Approximately 70% of Tibetan farmland is dedicated to barley production.  Highland barley is generally grown at 1,000 meters (~0.62 miles) above sea-level on the plateau.
  • In November 2012, Tibet announced plans to invest CNY 380 million (US$59.9 million) to strengthen its irrigation network and water conservation capabilities.

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