September 11, 2008

  

China's Xinjiang aims to revitalise livestock production
      

 

Xinjiang, one of China's five largest cattle-producing region, is making the transition from traditional cattle farming to one of modernised cattle operations, increasing production many times over in the process.

 

The province is hoping to accelerate the building of facilities which would enable it to export to Central Asia, South Asia and Europe.

 

According to the provincial livestock authority, the province's livestock industry is currently worth more than RMB 20 billion (US$2.9 billion).

 

Although the region was hit by the worst drought in the region in more than a decade early this year, the livestock industry continued to grow.

 

Authorities say they would focus on building the meat, milk and wool industries for the next eight years.

 

Authorities are also looking at integrating agricultural operations so they are no longer segregated by geographic regions. For example, currently, areas south of Tianshan focuses mainly on cotton production while areas north of it focuses on meat production. Since cotton cannot be used as animal feeds, this arrangement creates inefficiencies which hamper the industry's development.

 

The government intends in the next five years to cut down cotton production areas from 27 million  mu to 20 million  mu, converting the 7 million  mu of land for feed grain production.

 

The region is also regulating the usage of grazing lands, banning use of lands with fragile ecosystems and irrigating areas where there is more water resources to benefit cattle and providing for higher quality pasture lands.

 

Xinjiang will invest RMB 50 million (US$7.3 million ) each year for these purposes. Currently authorities are working on a project to plant 30 million  mu of high quality cattle fodder.   

 

Xinjiang aims to double its current animal production by 2015 to reach meat production of 3.2 million tonnes and milk production to 4.5 million  tonnes to become China's main cattle rearing region.

 

( 1 mu = 0.067 hectare )

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