New Farming Model in Wuyi
发布日期:2022-11-10 浏览次数:

In the Shaohua Freshwater Pearl Mussel Farming Base in the village of Sibadian, Wangzhai Town of Wuyi, Zhu Shaohua, owner of the farming base, and his employees are busy with hauling in the nets. From time to time, giant freshwater prawns jump out of the water.

Zhu has been engaged in pearl mussel farming for more than 20 years. Why has he started to farm giant freshwater prawns?

The breeding season of freshwater pearl mussels is generally from February to May. When the mussels are sold, the pools remain idle after June. In hopes of improving the efficiency of the farming base, Zhu came up with the idea of farming other aquatic products. In 2021, thanks to the introduction of the Wuyi Agriculture and Rural Affairs Bureau, he learned about Macrobrachium rosenbergii, also known as giant freshwater prawns. The new operation model of “one pool, two uses” is an eye-opener as well as a new method of making money for Zhu.

“This is my second year breeding the pawns. I have improved the breeding techniques and processes based on last year. The amount and value improved significantly compared with last year, so I would say the experimental breeding this year was undoubtedly a success,” said Zhu Shaohua, looking at the baskets of prawns with a big smile.

Wuyi currently has more than 60 households engaged in pearl mussel farming, with a total of more than 10,000 pools. Each pool can produce from around 20,000-30,000 mussels to 40,000-50,000 at most in one season. Every year, Wuyi supplies more than 300 million high-quality pearl mussels to the country. In addition, Wuyi has the only large-scale industrial cluster of pearl mussel farming in China.

This year, the Wuyi Agriculture and Rural Affairs Bureau began the promotion of the new model of “one pool, two uses” to encourage pearl mussel farmers to use the pools efficiently by introducing the giant river prawns. The output of prawns is predicted to reach 300-400 kilograms per mu (about 667 square meters), and the profit per mu should reach about 15,000 RMB.

“With Mr. Zhu’s successful exploration into the farming of giant river prawns, other farmers can follow his example and increase their income on the basis of pearl mussel farming,” said Huang Fangxiao, director of the Fishery Service Office of Wuyi Agriculture and Rural Affairs Bureau. He said that so far 15 farmers in Wuyi have implemented the new model, with good output. (By Zhang Chenbo—Jinhua Daily, translated by Li Ziyi, edited by Kendra Fiddler)

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