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Smart Entrepreneur Commits to Green Agricultural Development

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Smart-minded Provincial Official Commits to Green Agricultural Development
Guo Xiuling []


A businesswoman in Aohan Banner of Chifeng City, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, has been managing an eco-farm over the past several years, aiming to serve customers with healthy and safe agricultural products.

Guo Xiuling, 47, is the deputy to People's Congress of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and also the head of Yimanyuan Animal Husbandry Co. and Guo Xiuling Family Farm Co. She was born and raised in the village of Aohan Banner in Chifeng City.

In the early 90s, due to family reasons, she dropped out of the school after finishing her high school education and went to Chifeng to study tailoring and later became a well-known local tailor with a considerable income.

In 2000, she switched to agriculture and established a hoggery in Changsheng Town with a self-raised fund of more than 1 million yuan. With good management, she also expanded its scale, and made herself a local model in the pig-breeding industry.

In 2007, she took the lead to establish the farmer's professional cooperative in Changsheng to guide local women to participate in the development of her cooperative.

The cooperative now has the backing of 307 households, including 200 women, and the breeding base covers an area of over 1,333 hectares with field crops and economic crops such as millet and vegetables being cultivated.

The cooperative was also awarded the title of National Women's Poverty Alleviation Demonstration Base for lifting a large number of women out of poverty.

Guo revealed that the cooperation's members also irrigate field crops with dilute soybean milk to make their harvest more nutritious and taste better.

"Our field is basically covered with sand, which makes it easier for soybean milk to seep into the soil; and we don't use fertilizer. Even though we have not conducted any tests, I believe the soybean milk has increased the nutrients and the fertility of the soil," said Guo.

Guo also told the reporters that the price of their millet is nearly 10 times more expensive than the ordinary grain, and yet they are never worried about selling it.

The reporters also learned in the breeding base of the cooperative that the livestock and poultry were raised in a free-range way on the sand. According to Guo, the sand has an anti-bacterial effect, and can help the animals exercise, consume fat, and increase muscle tightness.

Last year, their pork farm sold more than 35,000 kilograms with a price of 80-100 yuan a kilogram, which is five or six times more expensive than ordinary pork sold on the market.

Guo told reporters, "I want my family to be able to eat what we have grown and produced on our own, and they tastes so good, I'd like more people to enjoy our healthy and green products. And that's the reason why I run this farmhouse."

When talking about her plan for the future, Guo said, "Agriculture needs development, which requires more talents. This is exactly what we need the most. I hope that university graduates would come to join us so that we can work together towards the development of agriculture, providing consumers with more healthy foods and at the same time giving full play to their talents."

(Source: Translated and edited by Women of China)

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