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XTBG actively promotes development of environment-friendly rubber garden
Author: Ai Chongrui
Update time: 2009-11-06
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XTBG has been making joint efforts with Xishuangbanna local government to promote the establishment of environment-friendly rubber gardens as demonstration areas. Up to now, some progress has been made. A leading group for the pilot work of environment-friendly rubber plantation has been set up, with Vice Governor Luo Hongjiang and XTBG Director Chen Jin as group leaders. Dr. Cao Min, Dr. Hu Huabin and other related officials of Xishuangbanna also play important roles in the leading group.

 The project proposal for the establishment of environment-friendly rubber garden is under preparation. Concerted efforts should be made by related government departments, institutions, and companies to get full and accurate data.

 Scientists warned that the expansion of rubber plantations in Southeast Asia could have a "devastating" environmental impact. However, rubber is the third consumed product in the world after iron and petroleum. It is also an indispensable cash crop and strategic raw material.

   To balance the need of economic development and environmental protection, it is significant to find valid measures. Environment-friendly rubber garden seems to be effective. Researchers and planters have emphasized on community based farming and integrated farming system in relation to rubber plantation and production.

XTBG scientists have organized symposium, meetings with local officials, and field investigations, so as to actively promote the development of environment-friendly rubber garden and protect biodiversity.



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