Farming revolution restoring natural balance on Loess Plateau

13:55, June 05, 2010      

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Che Baizhan reckons the apples from his orchard are so sweet that they attract bees if they are cut in half.

"I only use biological manure in my orchard. This helps make my apples bright-colored and sweet," he says.

Che Baizhan has planted apple trees on two thirds of a hectare in Xi'angong village of Luochuan County in Yan'an, on northwest's China's dusty Loess Plateau.

The orchard helped him earn 100,000 yuan (14,663 U.S. dollars) last year. Even before his fruit ripened, it was bought up by business people from the coastal municipality of Tianjin.

The plateau, once notorious for its chronic soil erosion and ensuing ecological imbalance, is becoming a major farm base.

Che Xinhua, deputy head of the county's apple industry bureau, says last year apples from Luochuan, in Shaanxi Province, were exported to southeast Asia, the United States and Canada.

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