"High technology" on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Herdsmen use the Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) for grazing

The Tibet Xingchuan Satellite Navigation Platform Co., Ltd. was unveiled in Lhasa recently, and the China Beidou Navigation Integrated Application Platform was officially launched in Tibet.

Herdsmen can use Beidou's navigation for positioning and location functions in order to accurately know their herds' exact position in time by fitting their livestock with microchip collars. They can also use Beidou's message function to report incidents or emergencies to the authorities. This intelligent way of grazing saves costs and increases revenues.

Collecting yak dung is effortless

Above 3,000 meters on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, yak dung is a "treasure of the plateau" and the main source of fuel for herders. However, gathering yak dung has long been a manual work done by women, who work for more than two hours a day collecting the dung and carrying packs that often weight more than 20 kg on their backs, a work that is extremely monotonous and labor intensive.

By imitating manual movements, a kind of collecting wheelbarrow can easily complete the task through a process of "stepping on the pedal, forking yak dung to pick it up, then tossing it into the wheelbarrow", which can economically gather, transport, and unload yak dung in different conditions. The wheelbarrow is a man-made mechanical device that reduces labor intensity for plateau herders, especially women in nomadic areas.

Sunlight can also be turned into cash

Shigatse is known as the "City of Sunlight" and has an average 3,300 hours of sunlight per year.

After Aid Tibet cadres from east China's Qingdao City conducted grassroots-level investigations, they decided to make full use of the advantageous local light resources. Along with the Samdrutse District of the city, they jointly planned the construction of a photovoltaic township in Jangdam Township.

Currently, 343 resettlement houses as part of the first phase of the "Photovoltaic Township" have been completed, and 1,208 impoverished people have been relocated here. The second phase of the project is currently under construction, and resettlements are expected to start before the end of the year.