Xinjiang Looking to Export Seeds, Machinery, and Fertilizers to Central Asia

The farm sector in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region will export more agricultural technology to countries in Central Asia as the Belt and Road Initiative is further implemented, officials and experts said. “The geographical and the natural conditions in Xinjiang are very similar to Central Asia. The initiative has created an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us

Xinjiang Region Uses Polyethylene (PE) Film on ~75% of its Arable Land

Farmers in China’s arid western regions have long regarded plastic film as a boon for business, but the environmental problems resulting from its use are prompting scientists to look for alternatives, as Gao Bo reports from Urumqi. For the past three decades, farmers in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region have been masters at using polyethylene

“Gift Goat” Program in Kashgar, Xinjiang Region, Promoted by Southern Chinese Institutions

Ablimit Tudi, a 67-year-old farmer in Kashgar, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, enthusiastically supports a “gift goat” program that began in the district in December 2011. He and his wife received a 5,400 yuan ($872) startup loan that year, which they used to buy five pregnant goats. Their livestock doubled at the beginning of 2012

The Government Launches a Pilot Program in Xinjiang to Allow Cotton Farmers to Sell their Crop at Market Prices

The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region’s government launched a pilot program on Wednesday [17 September 2014] to allow local cotton growers to sell their produce at market price, ending the nationwide cotton purchase and storage policy that has been in place since 2011. In 2011, the central government introduced a plan to ensure that cotton farmers

Northern Xinjaing’s Ili Valley Has Suffered from Poor Rainfall Since May

A prolonged drought in northwest China’s Xinjiang has left about 200,000 people in need of emergency aid, including drinking water, said the region’s civil affairs department Saturday [23 August 2014]. In seven counties of the Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of Ili in northern Xinjiang, more than half a million people and 3.46 million head of livestock

Irrigation Costs Spike as Drought Saps China’s Water Supply

A severe drought in China’s major crop-producing regions threatens to end 11 consecutive years of annual growth in the country’s harvest. The drought, affecting 4 million hectares of farmland, has cut the agricultural water supply in provinces including Henan, Hubei, Shandong and Liaoning, and shows no sign of abating. It coincides with one of the

China to Spend US$3.2 Billion to Develop Xinjiang’s Textile Industry

The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, China’s prime cotton-growing area, plans to pump some 20 billion yuan ($3.2 billion) into its textile industry to create jobs and maintain social stability, local officials in its Beijing representative office said on Friday [18 July 2014]. “The push for textile development will create more jobs in the sector,” said