Water-rich county in south China introduces crayfish for poverty alleviation

The crayfish economy has become an important poverty alleviation industry in a south China county, broadening the ways for local people to earn a living.

Shanglin County in Nanning City, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is located in a mountainous area. The local people introduced crayfish breeding in 2016.

At the crayfish breeding base in Shanglin, a normal size pond can breed 8,000 kilograms of crayfish every year. Local people have become richer by relying on crayfish breeding.

Yan Zhixin, a crayfish farmer, said that the crayfish in the county are of good quality and sold at a high price thanks to the rich water resources and good climatic conditions in the area.

"These are our high-quality crayfish in Shanglin County. Our crayfish are generally divided into small, medium, big and double sizes," said Yan, adding that the largest size of crayfish weighs about 65 grams.

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Feng Yinghong, who comes from central China's Hubei Province and gets married in Shanglin introduced crayfish to the county in 2016.

"From the original two-hectare experimental land to 10-hectares, to the present 40-hectares, basically our annual output value is about four million yuan," said Feng.

It is reported that relying on abundant water resources, Shanglin County actively introduced a high-value fishing industry in recent years. The county promoted 26 cooperatives to develop high-value fishing and breeding projects, and promoted 420 poor households to alleviate poverty by means of industrial bonuses and subsidies, investment and land transfer.

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