The Study of Deserticulture in China: An Economic Development Pattern with Desert Land Resources

Authors: Pengfei Zhang, Beijing Normal University, Yue Wang*, Beijing Normal University, Xuemin Liu, Beijing Normal University
Topics: Economic Geography, Agricultural Geography
Keywords: desertification controlling, deserticulture, economic pattern
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 6:20 PM
Room: Mid-City, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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In the northwestern part and inner Mongolia of China, controlling desertification has made remarkable achievements. Numerous moving dunes have become fixed dunes or semifixed dunes. However, the first batch of ecological plants, afforestation technologies, afforestation equipment, are all required to be upgraded. It is time to move on from the first stage of desertification controlling, which is mostly supported by the government, to the next step called deserticulture. Deserticulture is a kind of desert industry, which can control desertification and generate economic benefits at the same time. In 1984, Professor Qian Xuesen defined deserticulture as a knowledge intensive modern agriculture system, which is composed of desert land resources, desert plants, and agricultural technologies. After many scientists, economists, as well as agronomists have been working on deserticulture, some cities in China started to develop desert industries such as planting Amygdalus pcdunculata Pall. Nevertheless, in most of these regions, the water conservancy projects, electric power projects, and internet projects cannot meet the demand of deserticulture, and agriculture is relatively fallen behind. Thus, infrastructure renovation and fusion of the first, second, third industries are both extremely urgent.

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