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Prosperous pepper business connects Xinjiang and Qingdao
2017-11-03 source:China.org.cn
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Farmers are drying out peppers in Xinjiang [Photo by Liu Dai/Qingdao Today]

Pepper processing companies in Jiaozhou, a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Qingdao, Shandong, are the buyers of two thirds of the 300,000 metric tons’ pepper production of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region at present.

Jiaozhou is the largest pepper processing and exporting center in China, taking up a 70 percent market share. 365 pepper processing companies operate within its jurisdiction, including 25 companies each with annual sales revenue upwards of 100 million yuan.

Prompted by the booming pepper industry, approximately 200 Jiaozhou dealers have been active in Xinjiang, the region that provides ideal climate for pepper plantations with ample sunlight, significant temperature differences, and long frost-free seasons.

Xinjiang is also one of the few regions in the world that are suitable for large scale production of sweet pepper, a source for extraction of capsanthin, a natural coloring matter for making cosmetics, and a means for increasing incomes for local villagers.

In Hejing county, through cooperation with Qingdao-based food company Bo Lan, quite a few villagers have multiplied their incomes over the past few years.

Bo Lan’s chairman Guo Peizheng said that through several trials they determined that Xinjiang is the most suitable place for sweet pepper planting in the world. The vast deserts of Xinjiang offers ideal sites for sweet peppers to dry out with the flavors and rich color gradation being kept.