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1,000-year-old agricultural practice, China's solution to sustainable farming

"More than a thousand years old practice of raising fish in rice paddies by Chinese farmers not only preserves environment, but also benefits local community", said Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, in Qingtian county, in East China's Zhejiang province, on Sunday.

Marking his first visit to an Asian site listed as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems in the mountainous area of East China's Zhejiang province, Da Silva praised China's work in protecting agricultural heritage and developing sustainable production. The site has preserved more than 1,000 years old farming practice in which farmers raise fish in rice paddies. The unique symbiotic rice-fish aquaculture system sees rice plants providing fish shelter from the sun and predators such as egrets, while fish fertilize the rice and eat the larvae and weeds that harm rice. In what Da Silva called a "win-win combination", more rice and fish are produced in less land than if they were farmed separately, while less fertilizers and pesticides are used and less cost and labor are invested in the farming.

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Auteur: Wu Yan
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Organisation: China Daily
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Année: 2016
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Pays: China
Couverture géographique: Asie et le Pacifique
Type: Article
Texte intégral disponible à l'adresse: http://m.chinadaily.com.cn/en/2016-06/07/content_25641252.htm
Langue: English
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