|Jinhua Grapes Sweep the Country|
As the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches, the peak season of grapes also comes. In the vineyard of Jinteng Fujiminori Grape Co., Ltd. in Jinhua City, bagged Sunshine Rose grapes and Corolla Rose grapes cover the branches, filling the air with the joy of harvest.
Zhang Zheng and Yu Danping are the couple that own the vineyard, and they earned their master’s degrees in Japan several years ago. To develop Yu’s father’s career, they quit their jobs in Japan and returned to Jinhua to devote themselves to scientific and technological agriculture. After 10 years of hard work, they successfully developed new grape varieties and created their own grape business territory. The Corolla Rose grape is a new variety that Zhang Zheng and Yu Danping have successfully introduced to the market after 10 years of cultivation.
After finishing their studies in Japan and returning to China in 2012, Zhang and Yu began to research new grape varieties, selected a number of high-quality varieties, conducted more than 100 hybrid combination experiments, cultivated more than 10 new varieties, and finally selected the best variety, Corolla Rose grapes, for planting.
With 10 years of research and development, every hybrid combination needs to be tested continuously. The process of developing new varieties from breeding, planting, and fruit-bearing to forming a stable yield takes about three to five years. After years of cultivation, Corolla Rose grapes have been promoted and tested in many regions across the country. Zhang and Yu are very proud of the first grape variety they have developed, and for which they own the intellectual property rights.
Zhang and Yu majored in computer science when they were studying in Japan, and they both had stable jobs after graduation. Going home to study new grape varieties was influenced by Yu Danping’s father, Yu Cailan. As a pioneer of grape planting technology in Southern China, Yu Cailan has focused on the introduction and promotion of new varieties for 30 years. Influenced by Yu Cailan, Zhang Zheng and Yu Danping had already begun to search for grape varieties while in Japan. Sunshine Rose was the first grape variety they introduced in 2007. After years of cultivation, it soon became an “internet celebrity” grape variety after it entered the market.
These two young people manage the vineyard with modern concepts. Zhang Zheng said that in the past, people focused on fruit size, yield, and difficulty level of planting when talking about grape planting. Nowadays, more attention is paid to health, taste, and storage durability of the grapes.
For more than 30 years, the grape varieties introduced and promoted by Yu Cailan have spurred the development of the Jinhua grape industry and led a large number of farmers to prosper together. Nowadays, Zhang and Yu mainly work at the planting base in Jinhua, while Yu Cailan, who is over 70 years old, still travels around the country to promote planting technologies.
When he encounters a place with suitable climate and soil conditions, Yu Cailan gives grape seedlings to local farmers and instructs them to plant. In recent years, Zhang and Yu have followed Yu Cailan to many places, and they have given out tens of millions of seedlings across the country. They have promoted modern and environmentally friendly planting methods in Hubei, Guangxi, Sichuan, Guizhou, Anhui, Shandong, and many other places. One grape base after another has been set up, driving the farmers to make a fortune.
So far, Jinteng Fujiminori Grape Co., Ltd. has more than 400 varieties of grapes. Protecting the place of origin is an important task. Every year, Zhang and Yu invest millions of RMB in protection work.
Yu Danping said that her father spent more than 30 years working in the grape industry, and she is determined to spend another 30 years improving the scientific and technological process of grape planting and promoting the concept of green environmental protection. They hope that in the next 30 years, their children will breed new grape varieties and promote them to more countries. (By Zhao Xiao, translated by Wei Han, edited by Kendra Fiddler)