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10:21 Mar 16 2010

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Tibet expands rural economy through sci-tech
10:17, March 16, 2010  

Villagers transplant rice seedlings in a field of Songgu Village, Zayul County, southeastern Tibet's Nyingchi Prefecture. (Chinatibetnews Photo)

Science and technology now contributes 36 percent to production of Tibet's agriculture and animal husbandry, up from 32 percent in 2005, according to Tibet Regional Bureau of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.

During the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010), Tibet has spent 250 million yuan (36 million U.S. dollars) spreading a scientific and technologic service system in its rural areas.

Losang, a leading official of the bureau, noted that in the region's six pilot bases, the contribution of science and technology tops 43 percent, increasing the efficiency of farming and animal husbandry by 20 percent and rural residents' income by 15 percent.

"Science and technology is regarded as the wing to stimulate the rapid development of Tibet's rural economy," said Qiang Xiaolin, deputy director of the Farming Research Institute of Tibet's Scientific Academy of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.

In 2009, Tibet allotted 500 million yuan (72 million U.S. dollars) to foster local special rural industries, including the highland barley industry, by-products of yaks and cashmere goats, and quality fruits in southeastern Tibet.

"Matsutake produced in southeastern Tibet's Nyingchi Prefecture is very popular in Japan," said Tsewang, chairman of the board of directors of Nyingchi Xinwang Mountain Delicacies Ltd., Co.

In 2009, his company exported six tons of matsutake products to Japan, with a profit of 157,000 U.S. dollars.

Source: Xinhuanet
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