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In Hunan province, local governments have constantly innovated the development mode by relying on scientific and technological measures, promoted the successful experience in “afforestation on rockery mountains” in Longhui and integrated rocky desertification control, rural industrial restructuring, new rural construction and poverty alleviation, making preliminary achievements. In Sangzhi County, efforts have been made to develop the characteristic forest industry, including papaya, walnut and Cornus wilsoniana, according to local conditions, design the forest-medicine, forest-fruit and forest-oil afforestation mode, form an industrial chain and then achieve both ecological and economic objectives. In Yongshun County, the rocky desertification and vegetation recovery mode for coniferous and broad-leaved forest mixture, forest-oil integration and forest-chemical integration was developed according to the actual conditions in small watershed. In Dongkou County, the local government has adopted biological control measures dominated by afforestation and closing hill for afforestation, developed scientific and reasonable afforestation modes according to local conditions, created ecological cedar wood and sweetgum mixed forests and paid attention to the development of economic and ecological-economic afforestation modes, such as forest-fruit (e.g. Chinese date, persimmon), forest-medicine (e.g. Cortex magnoliae officinalis), forest-paint, forest-oil, forest-fuel, forest-timber, forest-chemical and forest-bamboo. After years of unremitting efforts, the number of rocky desertification townships (towns) and villages in the county has decreased from originally 501 villages in 15 townships (towns) to 461 villages in 14 townships (towns), the area of rocky desertification sloping farmlands has shrunk by 3,333 hectares, and the area of forest lands has increased to 3333 hectares.

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XINJIANG,Oct.15,China Daily - Agriculture is a fundamental industry for the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and one in which it is a highly competitive player. The XPCC continues to build large-scale modern farms, which in 2013 grew a total of 1.47 million metric tons of cotton, accounting for 23.3 percent of the national total.

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HENAN, August 8, 2014 – Henan has made notable achievements in sandification prevention and control, with forest shelters for farmland basically developed in the sandified areas. The province reports a farmland forest network rate of over 90% and a forest coverage rate of 19%.

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GANSU, July 12 , China Daily - He Yanzhong has been toiling in the desert in Dunhuang, Gansu province, for 13 years, determined to transform it into a fishery oasis. Sun Yuanqing follows his arduous journey and finds out what keeps him going.

7.13 Fishing in the desert

He Yanzhong makes a research trip to the desert near his fishery in Dunhuang, Gansu province. Photos Provided to China Daily.

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NINGXIA, June 23, 2014 - As one of the provinces with the severest sandification in China, Ningxia has achieved a historical transformation after a decade of efforts, with the desertified area and sandified area respectively shrinking by 4.63 million mu and 690,000 mu, according to data released by the forestry authority of the autonomous region.

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