Alpacas from Australia help China’s poverty alleviation

Global Times       
By: Global Times
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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A unique effort at poverty alleviation is underway in China's Shanxi and Gansu provinces as companies are importing alpacas from Australia to help local farmers dramatically increase their income.

Over 30 poor families in Yangqu county, Shanxi Province have quadrupled their annual income by raising alpacas, a cute member of the camel family that has recently gained popularity in the country, the Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday.

Local farmer Liu Xuerong, who used to earn around 6,000 yuan ($897) per year growing corn and potatoes, said he now has an income of 3,000 yuan a month after he became a breeding leader at a local alpaca breeding base.

A local enterprise established the alpaca breeding base in 2014. The base is now home to 1,000 alpacas which were imported from Australia.

The base not only profits from its breeding and wool processing operation. It has recognized the alpacas' popularity with the Chinese public and has developed tourism projects to boost income.
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Farmers in N China's Shanxi get rid of poverty by breeding alpacas

By: Xinhua
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture 

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Liu Xuerong, a poverty-stricken farmer from Pingli Village of Yangqu County, has never dreamed of getting rich with a flock of cute alpacas.

In 2014, as a breeding base of a thousand alpacas was built, Liu started embarking on cultivating those Australia-originated alpacas.

The breeding base makes a profit from cria breeding, woolen products and tourism of alpaca watching. Liu accordingly earns a monthly wage of 3000 yuan (449 U.S. dollars).

Yet in the past, Liu's family relied on growing agricultural products such as corns and potatoes for their livelihoods, with an annual salary of 6000 yuan (897 U.S. dollars).

More than 30 poverty-stricken households in Pingli Village have got rid of poverty, with a monthly wage raise of 2000 yuan (299 U.S. dollars).
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Meet the first Huacaya alpacas born on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

By: Gu Liping
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture 

Original content from ECNS.

Three huacaya alpacas born last month on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau are in good health. It is the first time for the species to breed here.
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Taking the lead! Tiny schnauzer walks its master's pet alpaca along the street in China

Daily Mail     
By: Tiffany Lo
Photo: Courtesy of Daily Mail

Photo Caption: Ms Peng, pictured bought two alpacas from Australia for 60,000 yuan (£6,770) last winter.

Original content from Daily Mail.

The natural order of things has shifted when a dog mastered the skill to walk an alpaca on a street in northeast China. 

Mobile phone footage posted online as a schnauzer taking a leash and leading its owner's pet alpaca in public.

Ms Peng, of Dalian in Liaoning Province, said she was relieved to let her pooch doing her daily chores.

According to Pear Video, Ms Peng bought two Australian alpacas for 60,000 yuan (£6,770) last winter and the two pets had drawn public's attention.

Footage shows Ms Peng taking one of her alpacas, named 'Da Sheng', to cross the street in the city.

Onlookers stopped and fed Da Sheng carrot sticks.

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