Farmland to improve, expand in Tibet

Rapeseed flowers blossom in Nakar village in Tibet's Doilungdechen district in July last year. [Photo provided to]

The Tibet autonomous region expects to expand and renovate more than 133 square kilometers of basic farmland and improve the quality of 1,333 sq km of cultivated land in 2021, Tibet Daily reported.

The region also plans to create about 50 sq km of high-standard farmland in 2021, bringing the region's high-standard farmland to more than 2,000 sq km by 2025, according to the regional Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

By 2025, the coverage rate of improved highland barley varieties is expected to reach 95 percent, it said.

Tibet has undertaken a series of measures to improve its farmland in recent years, including renovation, irrigation, creating new high-standard farmland and improved water conservation.

A view of farmland in the Tsurphu Valley of Tibet's Doilungdechen district in the summer of 2020. [Photo provided to]

Located along the Lhasa River, Lhasa's Dagze district is one of the region's main agriculture areas. It is rich with favorable natural conditions for grain production, thanks to its natural landscape.

Since 2019, the district has been developing high-standard farmland. More than 16 sq km of such land had been created by end of 2020. The district achieved an agricultural mechanization rate of more than 90 percent.

The region has seen stable increases in annual grain output, exceeding 1 million metric tons for five consecutive years since 2015.