Self-taught Burmese Woman Applies Apple Growing Skills, Benefits Her Family in NW China

November 19, 2018
Editor: Xie Wen
Self-taught Burmese Woman Applies Apple Growing Skills, Benefits Her Family in NW China
Wang Genhua learns fruit tree growing techniques. []


A strong-willed Burmese woman living in northwest China's Gansu Province has successfully lifted her family out of poverty in the past few years after learning advanced agricultural management skills all on her own.

Wang Genhua used to work in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan Province. She was married to Zhao Huiqin, a local from backward Jingning County, Gansu in 2002.

In the first year after their marriage, Wang spent her time in happiness. The selfless care for her of Zhao's parents and harmonious family atmosphere made her determined to help her family shake off poverty.

Wang, along with her husband and father-in-law, worked at a construction site in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and on a cotton farm in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

With four years of savings, the family was finally able to bulldoze their three mud houses and build new houses with brick and panel structures in 2008.

Jingning is located in the hilly and gully region of the Loess Plateau. It is one of the 18 drought-prone counties in Gansu and among the major poverty-stricken counties in the country.

Despite the inconvenient traffic, the natural conditions of fresh winds, abundant sunshine and large temperature difference between day and night provided a unique advantage for apple growing.

Thus, Jingning was designated as one of the national apple production areas by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

In the work of poverty alleviation, local officials have taken the development of the apple industry as a strategic measure to revitalize the rural economy and boost the income of farmers.

At it turns out, the apple growing area of the county has reached over 65,000 hectares. In 2006, Gucheng Township where Wang was residing began to adjust its industrial structure by way of vigorously developing its apple farm industry.

Wang began to study knowledge about pruning technique and tree management on her own.

In the autumn of 2014, Wang's orchard produced an income exceeding 10,000 yuan from the harvest, which further strengthened her determination of pursuing her chosen road.

In 2015, Wang joined the largest fruit industry cooperative in the county and frequently participated in study and exchange events. She went to an agricultural school to learn about the management of fruit trees. The couple also contracted about 0.13 hectares of orchards in the village.

Regardless of the nationwide fall in apple prices, and two severe hail storm disasters, Wang earned over 15,000 yuan that year, and became one of the county's first group of some 5,400 households to get rid of poverty.

In view of the huge amount of manual labor required to manage traditional orchards, and the practical problems of pruning, fertilization and plant protection, Wang applied a foreign modern development model based on knowledge and experience she has acquired from the WeChat public platform and other's plantations.

She innovatively adopted a new cultivation model so that her orchards can be run with more mechanization.

Driven by Wang's example, the apple industry in local Xiwan Village has also achieved rapid development, with the growing area now exceeding 133 hectares.

In 2016, Wang's income reached a total of 24,000 yuan, and increased to 38,000 yuan the following year. Due to her outstanding management skills and advanced ideas, Wang is often invited to give guidance in villagers' orchards.

(Source: Translated and edited by Women of China)

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