Chengdu's direct vegetables supply markets
Consumers can expect to buy vegetables for prices 30 percent below that of usual greengrocery shops, at the 15 new direct supply markets opening throughout Chengdu's main five districts of Jinjiang, Qingyang, Wuhou, Chenghua and Jinniu, this year, reported the Sichuan News Network and Chengdu Economic Daily.
The Yimin Vegetable Market's Chuan Mian Chang Shop, at 11 Erhuan Lu, East Sect. 3, which opened in 2010, was the first out of five direct vegetables supply market in Chengdu, according to the Chairman of Jianzhi Agricultural Enterprise, Shen Jian.
Pengzhou's Vegetable Trade
Sichuan's Pengzhou County, some 19 km northwest of Chengdu, is developing its agriculture, as Sichuan aims to become one of China's top three key vegetable-growing areas by 2015, the Deputy Head of the Sichuan Provincial Agricultural Department, Zhu Chunxiu, announced.
The preliminary phase of construction for the Pengzhou Vegetables Trading Centre has been completed. The country's second largest vegetables trading centre is expected to begin operations in 2011, yielding 5 million tonnes of annual trade, worth 15 billion yuan.
Pengzhou Vegetable Expo
The Sichuan Pengzhou Vegetable Expo will be held at Pengzhou from 8 to 12 April. Head of Pengzhou's Municipal Committee, Yao Minshuang, said that the inaugural Vegetable Expo last year successfully marketed Pengzhou's fresh produce with a Sichuan "Dadicai" (Vegetable from the Land) brand.
Organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Sichuan's Provincial government and supported by the Ministry of Commerce, the event is for agricultural experts, economists, enterprises and other distinguished guests, totalling about 500,000 attendees.
Statistics show that from the 700,000 acres of land used for agriculture last year, 2 million tonnes of produce was yielded in Pengzhou. Of which, 88 percent was exported to northern areas of China. The average annual income of those engaged in agricultural work in Pengzhou was RMB3,123. However, blizzards in northern China affected the transport of vegetables in 2010.
To tackle the "bottlenecks" caused by natural disasters, the farmers will be told to grow different vegetables in various periods, instead of aiming to sell the same types all at one go. The officials are actively looking out for markets to export the vegetables to, Yao said.