China: Jiuquan Gobi Desert joins the world of greenhouse cultivation

2021-11-12 10:55:03 By : Ms. Rill Ji

When you see the desert, you may not immediately think of growing vegetables there. After all, all sand is not very fertile. However, in the Gobi Desert of China, vegetables are not produced in sand, but in greenhouses. Place the tomato seedlings on the substrate less than 1 meter from the ground, and drip the water and fertilizer needed for growth into each tomato seedling through the pipe. 

In Suzhou District, 14 kilometers away from Jiuquan City, rows of smart multi-span greenhouses have been built, forming the Gobi Ecological Agriculture Industrial Park. In 2019, the local area introduced advanced Israeli planting technology to turn the desert into a green industry. They use Israeli water-saving technology, supporting filters, fertilizer spreaders and other integrated water and fertilizer equipment. Through accurate calculation and optimization, it provides accurate and scientific irrigation and fertilization for crops, which greatly improves the utilization rate of water resources, solves the problem of water shortage in Jiuquan, reduces production costs, and improves the yield and quality of crops.

Ren Hongyan, a staff member of the park, said that the hydroponic planting method means that the greenhouse does not occupy arable land, but uses desert land. In addition, the organic substrate greatly reduces local agricultural waste.

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