China: Booming citrus industry lifts Guangxi villagers out of poverty

The citrus industry is booming in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; this growth is playing a big part in the region's efforts to eliminate poverty by 2020.

Harvest in the winter season has become a routine for farmers growing citrus fruits on the outskirts of south China's Nanning City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Local Huang Mingguang, owner of Meisen Agriculture Company: "I became rich by planting citrus many years ago. Then, I decided to teach my fellow villagers how to grow citrus, especially how to use organic fertilizers and new technologies for an intelligent irrigation system. Our products like the sugar citrus have won the trust of customers from different parts of China."

Many have shaken off poverty due to the booming citrus business. As of this year, Huang Zhaoqun's family is no longer living below the poverty line.

"After growing citrus, my wife and I could gain some 30,000 yuan (US$ 4,350) a year. That's more than the wages I earned at the construction site. It's sufficient to support our two children," said another local.

According to an article on¸ Guangxi has now become the leading citrus fruits production base nationwide. From planting citrus trees to packaging, many villages like this one have developed an industrial chain for citrus. And the region is seeking new opportunities for other subtropical fruits.

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