The Xinqiao Town Ecological and Recycled Agricultural Technology Demonstration Base in Jingjiang – a county-level city, administered by Taizhou, in East China's Jiangsu province – has achieved a bumper harvest.
The base is being funded by the Taizhou National Sustainable Agricultural Development Trial Demonstration Area and joint investments from Xinqiao town and Yimin village. It is being leased the Baoyuan Family Farm for operations.
Utilizing recycled water, the base implemented a special fish-fruit symbiosis technology – breeding bream and using the wastewater to irrigate sweet melons.
With the ripening of 9,000 sweet melon plants, the base is said to have had an extremely fruitful season.
Additionally, it attempted to cultivate selenium-rich corn, which has also entered harvest season. The demand for this corn exceeds supply, particularly from customers in surrounding cities such as Shanghai and Wuxi.
A farmhand harvests selenium-rich corn. [Photo/zhjjwx.jsjjw.cn]
The cultivation process for the corn follows the fish-fruit symbiosis model, using water and fertilizer from nearby bream breeding ponds.
Through a land-based factory farming system, an ecological cycle is created – purifying and recycling water produced from bream breeding and delivering it accurately to the corn plants' roots through drip irrigation belts.
This approach saves water, fertilizer, and labor.
The success of the demonstration base has paved the way for further morel mushroom cultivation in November.