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Hebei to ensure regional vegetable supply

Hebei recently released its vegetable industry development plan as part of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020), in order to ensure the supply of fresh vegetables to Beijing, Tianjin and Northeast China.

There is a huge demand for vegetables in the Hebei-Tianjin-Beijing region and Northeast China, as the two areas have a population of nearly 200 million people and half of them live in cities.

Frequent poor weather in the above two areas and the high cost of importing vegetables from other areas make it a good opportunity for Hebei to develop its vegetable industry facilities further, which not only saves on long-distance transportation costs, but also avoids the impact of bad weather.

According to Hebei’s vegetable industry development plan, by the end of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020), Hebei will have facilities to grow vegetables in greenhouse space of 12 million mu (800,000 hectares), which will account for 60 percent of the province’s gross vegetable planting area. The output of vegetables grown in greenhouses will not be lower than 45 million tons, and is expected to hit gross output value of 100 billion yuan ($14.5 billion).

Meanwhile, Hebei will make efforts to improve the quality of supplied vegetables by establishing a vegetable source tracking system.

To reach the target set for the greenhouse vegetable production, Hebei will take measures to improve its vegetable supply capabilities through infrastructure construction, increasing varieties grown, and fiscal subsidies.

First, Hebei will expand vegetable planting greenhouses in 27 counties and cities neighboring Beijing and Tianjin, which including Chengde, Dachang, Caofeidian and Bazhou. By 2020, the greenhouse vegetable planting area is expected to reach 5.6 million mu, accounting for 80 percent of those areas’ gross planting area.

Second, Hebei is to promote advanced vegetable technologies, and to establish a group of modern vegetable planting parks and bases to strengthen standardization, regulation and management. Hebei will also optimize the planting structure for 10 main vegetables, such as cucumbers, tomatoes and cabbages.

Third, the Hebei government will allocate special subsidies for vegetable planting facilities restoration and improvement, promoting vegetable varieties and establishing a quality tracking system.

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