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Employees work at a sea-buckthorn production line at Yushang Jinji Biotechnology Co in Wushi County, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on September 21. Photo: Ma Jingjing/GT



"Our family income has improved a lot since I started working here," said Anargul Dawut, a 44-year-old worker at a sea-buckthorn plantation in Wushi County, Aksu Prefecture, over 1,000 kilometers away from Urumqi, capital of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Dawut told the Global Times on September 21 that she and her husband were previously hard up when they lived by growing wheat and walnut but her monthly payment increased to 2,000 yuan ($293) - contributing more than half of her family's annual income of about 40,000 yuan - after she gained skills to nurture sea-buckthorn in 2018.

"We work from 10 am to 7 pm on workdays, with a two-hour break at noon," said Dawut, noting that working here is so good that she has recommended the job to a neighbor. Dawut said her son was admitted to a university this year and their life would be better after he graduates.

Like Dawut, over 1,000 people have got rid of poverty over the past several years thanks to the booming sea-buckthorn industry in Wushi.

As a county mostly covered by bare mountains, valley and plains account for only 12.5 percent of the land, while 27.6 percent is desert. It's faced with challenges of both managing the desert and strengthening ecosystem protection, while at the same time alleviating poverty and developing the regional economy.

In recent years, the local government has made growing 1 million mu (66,666.67 hectares) of sea-buckthorn an important part of its economic planning, Ban Sibo, deputy head of Wushi forestry bureau, told the Global Times.

During the visit to Wushi, clusters of wild sea-buckthorn were seen in places, with the branches laden with golden fruits spreading down. Ban said that the quality of scientifically optimized sea-buckthorn will be remarkably improved.

This project is expected to create over 500 long-term jobs for poor households in Wushi, with an annual average income over 10,000 yuan per person. Meanwhile, the county-wide project has driven the development of the downstream manufacturing sector.

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Employees work at a sea-buckthorn production line at Yushang Jinji Biotechnology Co in Wushi County, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on September 21. Photo: Ma Jingjing/GT



Inflow of investment

In order to raise the value-added of sea-buckthorn products, the county has introduced several relevant manufacturers to promote the development of the industry and create more jobs.

Chinese juice giant Huiyuan has invested 50 million yuan in a manufacturing facility in Wushi that is used for producing sea-buckthorn juice, pure draft and tea. Jiang Xiubao, manager of the company, said that factory can create 2,000 long-term jobs and a total of 300,000 temporary jobs during the peak season.

At Yushang Jinji Biotechnology Co in Wushi County, about 10 workers are busy at sea-buckthorn production line. "We launched trial production in July and the first batch of products will hit market in early October," Li Lei, the manager of the company, told the Global Times, noting that he has received orders valued over 2 million yuan and created over 30 jobs.

As a measure to encourage entrepreneurship, the local government paid for the building of the factory and machines, and companies repay the money when they see profit. "The favorable policy as well as the local government's help to expand sales channels encouraged me to invest in the region three years ago," Li said, noting that he plans to increase the purchase of the fruit from local farmers to expand output and promote the juice to regions across the country. 

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A view of sea-buckthorn products in Wushi County, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Photo: Ma Jingjing/GT







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