On a vast honey melon farm in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, high-tech camera surveillance has been installed, but the cameras are not to prevent thieves — they are for customers thousands of miles away to watch their melons slowly grow. Having watched them grow for almost four months, customers will finally have the honey melons delivered to them from China’s remote northwest…Full Article: The Global Times Aug 2016

Key Point

  • The online honey melon farm is managed by Naomaohu Lake Farm, which is in turn owned by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC). Online orders begin in May and harvesting occurs in early September. During this period, customers can track their melons production progress (i.e. planting, fertilizing, watering, and harvesting).

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2013, mainland China produced 14.4 million MTs of melons (excluding watermelons).
  • Established in 1954 and headquartered in Ürümqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC, aka Bingtuan) is a quasi-governmental organization that accounts for approximately 30% of China’s cotton output. Initially given a mandate by Mao Zedong to develop and garrison China’s frontiers in the far west, the XPCC has emerged as the country’s leading cotton producers. The XPCC has Xinjiang cotton operations in the cities of Aral, Tiemenguan City, Tumxuk, and Shuanghe.

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