Qilihe protects peach growers' sales in face of COVID-19 resurgence
Peaches ushered in their harvest season in Qilihe district, Lanzhou, Gansu province in late July and early August, which coincided with the recent resurgence of COVID-19.
Li Mei (L), Party chief of the Huazizhai village in Qilihe district, chats with a local peach grower. [Photo/ WeChat account of Qilihe fabu]
Many farmers worried about this year's sales at first, but felt reassured after receiving help from the district’s agriculture and rural bureau staff and village officials.
Fang Guoping's family has 70 peach trees. In just one week, they gained over 10,000 yuan ($1,562). "The peaches are selling well," said Fang, who picks the fruits skillfully, with a smile on her face.
Peaches picked in the Huazizhai village in Qilihe district [Photo/ WeChat account of Qilihe fabu]
Village officials organized several young people who are engaged in the wholesale trade of vegetables to buy peaches from farmers at designated locations every morning, and then transported them out uniformly.
The district agriculture and rural bureau also opened supply guarantee channels both online and on site to boost sales.
Sales of the district have reached 20 tons.