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Penchug's entrepreneurial story

By Liu Fang, Zhu Nan Source:China Tibet News 2019年09月12日 09:47

"When I was young, I herded sheep on the hill and planted saplings there. A few years later, I found them grew up. Thus I could enjoy the trees' shade, boil and drink tea under the trees; in autumn, sheep could eat fallen leaves. At that time, I had no idea of environment greening but knew that trees were very useful," said 60-year-old Penchug.

In 1991, Forestry Bureau of Shannan City, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, handed 50,667 ㎡ wasteland to Penchug, then he dug wells, fenced and leveled the land, finally reclaimed and constructed his first nursery base in Gyerba Town, Nedong County of Shannan City. In the next year, he spent 5 years to build 200,000 ㎡ nursery base in Gyerba Town.

In 2000, he came up with the idea of building a nursery base in his hometown -- Zhanang County. After 4 years, he signed a 50-year contract agreement on 133,333 ㎡ wasteland with Tsongdu Village Committee in Drachi Town of Zhanang County.

With strong support of local government, he succeeded. Total area of his nursery bases has exceeded 333,333 ㎡ currently. After years of painstaking management, he cultivated more than 2 million seedlings of over 60 varieties, such as walnut trees, willows, locust trees, with 700,000 seedlings as the average annual output.

At present, there are over 270 seasonal and 70 permanent workers in his nursery bases, including 10 from registered poor households. Among the workers' annual incomes, the highest reaches 75,000 yuan RMB and the lowest reaches 48,000 yuan RMB.

Nowadays, he has established Shannan Landscape Construction Co., Ltd.; his business has expanded from nursery to contracted afforestation, seedling base construction, garden greening, seedling management and others.

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