Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of a series of reports on poverty alleviation in the city’s 14 impoverished counties and districts. 2020 marks the final stage of China’s war against poverty alleviation and the aim to build a moderately prosperous society in all aspects, the Chongqing Municipal Information Office organized 14 press conferences to showcase each county and district’s poverty alleviation efforts and achievements.
Chongqing- Since 2015, Xiushan, a Southeast county of Chongqing, has insisted on intensifying poverty alleviation to eradicate poverty and backwardness, and further improve its overall economic and social development. Five years later, the county’s 16,800 households of over 70,000 poor citizens have reached poverty alleviation standards, which were successfully lifted out of poverty.
With abundant resources and an advantageous location, Xiushan is enriched in profound culture and beautiful scenery. This allows room for the promotion of industrial poverty alleviation, which has played a key role in the county’s new transformation.
Presently, the expansion of the industrial scale drives an establishment in a total of 960,000 acres of characteristic planting bases, including 380,000 acres of Chinese medicinal materials, 140,000 acres of tea, 230,000 acres of camellia, and 210,000 acres of citrus. Research shows that the acreage of tea and camellia bases ranks first in Chongqing, with over 11 million livestock and poultry produced annually.
“We would like to strengthen the linkage of interests between professional cooperatives and the poor,” said Yeshun Xiang, the Secretary of CPC at Xiushan Tujia and Miao Autonomous County. “We are aiming to focus on cultivating pillar industries of the county, such as the production and publicity of local honeysuckle and tea, to increase the income of the poor through multiple channels.”
Xiang continued, Xiushan has already established more than 2,000 e-commerce industry poverty alleviation bases and 163 certified characteristic agricultural products bases, signed orders for agriculture of 88,000 mu (14,496 acres), put local products into 44 e-commerce production lines, including hot pot, sweet potato noodles, fermented bean curd, brown sugar drinks, etc., and developed 1,760 e-commerce enterprises and 17.3 million online shops. Those movements have directly enabled poor farmers to become the suppliers of e-commerce products.
Over the past six years, Xiushan’s e-commerce transaction volume and online retail sales have reached 53.5 billion yuan and 10.2 billion yuan, respectively. Specifically, 4.46 billion yuan of agricultural specialty products were sold through rural e-commerce, allowing 80% of poor households to become the suppliers of an e-commerce product directly.
Through relying on the local industries, Xiushan actively holds tourism festivals such as Dragon Phoenix Flower Sea, organizes non-heritage themed and rural experience tours, produces ecological health care products, and cultivates more than 50 tourism product brands such as Xiushan bamboo weaving, Zhongling Maojian tea, Xiushan native chicken, etc. All of the activities and events featured in the tourism industry not only enhance and enriches local tourism but solve real poverty problems in Xiushan.
From Aug. 25 to Oct. 20, the 14 counties and districts of Wanzhou, Qianjiang, Wulong, Fengdu, Xiushan, Kaizhou, Yunyang, Wushan, Fengjie, Shizhu, Chengkou, Wuxi, Youyang, and Pengshui will come forward and hold press conferences on their progress in poverty alleviation.
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