Australian alpacas settle down in central China

Xinhuat Net
By: Mu Xuequan
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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ZHENGZHOU, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- A total of 681 Australian alpacas have arrived in Zhengzhou, the capital city of central China's Henan Province, on a chartered flight from Melbourne, Australia.

It is the province's first time to import Australian alpacas, according to the local customs.

The alpacas, 54 males and 627 females, will be sent to the city of Xinzheng for quarantine.

The alpacas that pass a health test will be distributed to a farm in north China's Shanxi Province for breeding.

Alpacas are one of the major domestic animals of South America. Because the animal reproduces slowly, countries often impose export restrictions on the species.

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Alpacas from Australia help China’s poverty alleviation

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

Original content from Global Times.

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 

Original content from Xinhua.

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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