Recently, the first dendrobium officinale economic project in Jingning County, has begun to take shape. In Mei Qi Village, Meiqi County, where the altitude is 600 meters above, Chen Siquan, the manager of Meixi family farm contracted 50 acres of community owned mountain forests. In the past few days, he organized the villagers to bundle the new highly efficient economical varieties, dendrobium officinale, to the trunks.
On May 9th, party members of the service team in Mei Qi county also went into the mountain forest to help plant dendrobium officinale on the trunks. The party members tied multiple loops of dendrobium officinale on the trunks of pine trees, cedar and other trees with straws. As the sunshine goes through the jungle, the trunks were tied with 6 to 8 loops of dendrobium officinale, which was shining like golden necklaces, novel and adorable.
‘Dendrobium officinale was introduced into the greenhouse from the mountains, and was then introduced back into the mountains. I started planting it since 2014, and till now, I have contracted the highest base in the province. I have always tried to change the traditional planting pattern to introduce the new through the old, and I started to make extension from the greenhouse planting to the trunk and underwood planting. The dendrobium officinale growing on the trunks can take advantage of the nutrients from the barks and the trees, imitating the original ecological planting. In this way, not only is the nutrition of dendrobium officinale improved, but the cost to build the greenhouses in high-standard steel framed structure is also largely cut; this way is also beneficial to improve the utilization rate of the forestland and the overall efficiency, and contributes to the protection of the ecological environment.’ Chen Siquan told the journalist that the newly introduced dentrobium officinale grows underwood and on the trunks, which does not damage the mountain forest and does not cut down trees, yet planting it for one year brings the benefits for many years. Now he has employed over 30 villagers, thus planting dentrobium officinale not only solves the problem of employment, but also increases the economic income, and it comes with great benefits as well as considerable output value per mu, reaching over 50,000 yuan. For the next step, he is going to introduce the pattern of ‘Agriculture + Travel’, building the economic project of Dentrobium Officinale Underwood Economy into a travel project including sightseeing, experiencing, etc., promoting the green agricultural product, strengthening and expanding the brand of ‘Jingning 600’, and increasing the income of the villagers.
Mei Qi village Jingning County takes green economy as the carrier, continues to deepen the reform of the system of collective rights, vigorously develops the under forest economy, and guides farmers to transfer from the simple use of forest resources to the comprehensive utilization of forest resources, ecological resources and landscape resources, coming up with a "Agriculture plus Tourism " way to develop and achieve prosperity. (From Yu Minyan in Jingning County Government Office)