On November 26, in a grape greenhouse in Gaocun, Dayin Village, Raoyang County, Hebei Province, farmers used the winter season to interplant coriander under the vines.
On November 26, grapes and coriander were interplanted in the grape greenhouse in Gaocun. Photo by Wang Shibo
According to Liu Changzai, the land utilization rate of the grape greenhouse in his village is very high. It can be said that it is not idle for a single year. After the grapes are harvested, they immediately plant coriander, fennel, cabbage and other leafy vegetables. Just planting leafy vegetables can cover the cost of farming, and the income from planting grapes is the "net profit".
Chunguang Grape Professional Cooperative was established in 2011. Before that, Liu Changzai was the first person in Gaocun to build a greenhouse for cultivating grapes. Liu Chang reports that the cooperative currently has 2,500 greenhouses and a grape base of 480 hectares. It has driven the cultivation of grapes in more than 10 surrounding villages, bringing the total number to more than 666 hectares.
The fennel grown in the grape greenhouse is in its harvest season. Photo by Zhang Shumei
In fact, the success of the Chunguang Grape Cooperative is just a microcosm of the development of the grape industry in Raoyang. It is understood that 79 villages in Raoyang County have established 34 professional grape growing cooperatives. The cooperative adopts a "five unification" management model of unified production material supply, unified production standards, unified technical guidance, unified quality standards, and unified product sales.
The scale of Raoyang grape production is huge. Photo from Agriculture and Rural Bureau, Raoyang County
The mature "Kyoho" grapes. Photo from Agriculture and Rural Bureau, Raoyang County
At present, Raoyang County has a planted area of over 8,666 hectares of grapes grown in greenhouses, more than 40 high-quality grape varieties, and an annual output value of 2.6 billion RMB.