Peppers boost incomes for farmers in NW China's Shaanxi Province

Growing Sichuan peppers has spiced up the income for farmers in Luanmake Village, which locates in Yan'an City in northwest China's Shaanxi Province over the years.

Sichuan pepper is a popular spice over the country. It is indigenous to Sichuan Province but is also planted in Shaanxi. It is used in authentic Sichuan cuisine in almost every dish from hotpot and soups, to stir-fries and dipping sauces.

Recently, farmers of the village have been busy harvesting the pepper.

"This year, the peppers have good quality. I have hired more than 10 people to harvest the peppers. This year's income is estimated to be 120,000 yuan (about $18,650)," said Xue Haiwang, a Sichuan pepper farmer.

The village has organized locals to grow the spice because the area happens to have favorable soil and climate conditions for the peppers. In addition, the plant can yield a handsome return at a low cost, according to a local official.

At present, the village has planted over 60 hectares of peppers, which is expected to yield 12,000 kilograms this year.

(Cover image via VCG.)

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