Taoyuan village gains wealth through zuili
A basket of zuili, a type of Chinese plum, in Taoyuan village, Wutong sub-district, Tongxiang, Jiaxing, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/cnjxol.com]
Farmers have been busy harvesting zuili, a type of Chinese plum, in Taoyuan village, Wutong sub-district, Tongxiang, Jiaxing, East China's Zhejiang province.
The planting area of the fruit in the village this year spans more than 1,700 mu (113.33 hectares) and is expected have an output value of 400 metric tons worth more than 25 million yuan ($3.73 million).
About 100 to 150 kilograms of zuili can be harvested a day during this period, said Zhou Qiuju, a resident of Taoyuan village who owns a zuili orchard. She added that she can earn more than 10,000 yuan a day selling the fruit.
Drinks made from zuili. [Photo/cnjxol.com]
Besides selling the fruit, villagers will also use those that are too small to create products like beer, soft drink and ice cream. By doing so, each farmer's average income can be increased by 1,000 yuan per mu, said Ling Feng, Party secretary of Taoyuan village.