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Modern makeover for farming areas and wetland zone

2016/11/18 15:06:31   source:China Daily

  Dongying in East China's Shandong province is well on the road to achieving agriculturalmodernization, local officials have said.

  The Dongying Agricultural High-tech Industries Demonstration Zone is home to many high-techprojects, one of which is a salmon farming project with planned investment of 43 million yuan($6.33 million).

Modern makeover for farming areas and wetland zone

  According to a representative of the project, it has adopted a modernfarming model and uses automatic facilities and systems involvingbiological filtration, ultraviolet sterilization, heat exchange, automaticfeeding, all under strict control and monitoring.

  The project started operating in October and is expected to provide500 tons of salmon annually with sales revenue of 25 million yuan andprofits of 8 million yuan.

  In recent years, the agricultural high-tech zone invested 1.19 billion yuanin building a 70,000-square-meter agricultural exhibition center andpromoted construction of an international agricultural products logisticspark.

  Dongying recently released a development plan for modern agriculturefor the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20). According to the plan, thecity aims to modernize its agriculture sector by the end of 2020,iqilu.com, a news portal in Shandong, reported.

  It will build an efficient industrial system consisting of agriculture,forestry, fisheries and animal husbandry. An agricultural productionsystem will be built with excellent facilities, as well as a modernagricultural operating system.

  Dongying not only focuses on agricultural development but also onimproving its living environment, local officials said. The livable city hasbeen promoting low-carbon and environmentally friendly development.

  The Yellow River passes through Dongying before flowing into the sea.Both sides of the estuary boast wetlands which cover 1,530 square kilometers and areconsidered one of China's most beautiful wetlands. The wetlands are home to reed marshes,woods and wide grasslands.

  The city is implementing a three-year plan to improve its living environment and promotesustainable development. It plans to improve 11 pilot ecological forest farms and provide themwith infrastructure, including water conservancy facilities and roads.

  This year, the city started construction of a forest wetlands park that will cover about 24 sq km.The park will feature rivers, lakes, wetlands and forests, and a comprehensive service center.

  Some 2 million trees and shrubs will be planted in the park and a 23-km-long road flanked byplants will be built as a venue for sports such as jogging and cycling.

  The first phase of the project should be completed in three years, and the second phase isexpected to begin in January 2017.

Modern makeover for farming areas and wetland zone

  Mitten crabs are a local specialty in the Yellow River estuary areaof Dongying.

Modern makeover for farming areas and wetland zone

  Workers at Ronfun, a Dongying-based companyfocusing on edible fungus processing.

Modern makeover for farming areas and wetland zone

  A wetland park at the Yellow River Delta.

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