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Medog: Tea planting helps villagers alleviating poverty

By Liu Fang,He Huizhong Source:China Tibet News 2019年03月26日 09:42

Medog County of Nyingchi City, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, is located in the Yarlung Zangbu Grand Canyon. Relying on its unique geographical advantages and moist climates, tea planting has always been a main industry since the 1970s in Medog County. In recent years, with the support of local government, the county has vigorously developed tea industry and built tea gardens to help local villages getting rid of poverty. 

Based on its actual conditions, Medog County has carried out technical training courses including pest control, management, and planting skills for local farmers and herdsmen. Since 2013, Medog County has always attached great importance to the work of building tea seedling base. Experts with high theoretical level, good professional skills have been hired to give new professional teachings to local farmers and herdsmen. The first tea seedling base had been built in 2015 to promote the development of tea industry.

Medog County has achieved remarkable results in tea planting. From 2015 to the end of July 2018, a total of 52,750 kg of tea leaves were picked, 10,885 kg finished tea were processed, achieving an increase of about 60 million yuan RMB at the income of local farmers and herders.

According to the testing from Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People's Republic of China, 13 pesticide residues and 6 inclusions of the first batch of Medog tea has met a criterion of organic tea. In 2016, Medog became the first quality and safety demonstration area for exported agricultural products in Tibet. At the 7th Sichuan International Tea Expo held in May of 2018, Medog green tea and black tea were both awarded with gold medals.

In order to further improve the ability of value-increasing of tea products in processing and transformation, the county has registered Medog County Tea Industry Co., Ltd., adopted a model of "company-base-farmer-physical store (online store)" to process tea products. Physical commercial networks of Medog tea have been opened in Lhasa City, Chengdu City, Nyingchi City, Medog County, which promoted development of local tea industry.

Up to now, 32 high-standard organic tea gardens have been built with a total area of 8738.36 mu (about 582 hectares) in 6 villages and towns including Medog Towns, Deshing Village, Drepung Village and other villages. White tea, Tie Guanyin tea, and other teas were planted in Medog County.

Tea industry has now become one of the most important driving forces of local economy, which greatly injected a strong impetus into the poverty alleviation work.

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