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Freezing weather causes a direct economic loss of ¥650 mln in Hekou

By : Kunming|Updated: 2011-03-02

Freezing weather has hit all the 190,000 mu(1 hectare=15 mu) rubber plantation in Hekou, an autonomous county bordering Vietnam in January and caused a total direct economic loss of more than ¥650 million. Of them, rubber trees hit by the freezing weather have brought a loss of ¥530 million.

As the main growing and exporting base for rubber in Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Hekou had 30 consecutive days of freezing weather and no sunshine, with average temperature under 11.2℃ in January this year.

Farming, forestry, animal husbandry were seriously affected by the disaster. A large number of fruits trees and vegetables were frozen to death.

unnan Rubber currently has rubber acreage of more than 1,333 hectares in neighboring Laos and Myanmar, which will start producing rubber in six or seven years.

In Hekou, rows of graceful, gray-green rubber trees are visible everywhere. Rubber saplings grow next to banana trees in fields. They even appear on patches of land around farmers' houses, displacing bamboo, once the distinguishing feature of the local landscape.

Little by little, local farmers are encroaching on protected forest zones.

Yunnan Rubber has also researched ways to make its rubber trees mature faster as a way to raise output without expanding acreage. Rubber trees are normally ready to be tapped after seven years.

(Reporter: Jairus Zhao, editor: Minnie Mao)

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