Alpacas from Australia help China’s poverty alleviation

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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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