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Harvest festival held in Haimen

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Updated: 2019-10-28

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Visitors browse agricultural products at the harvest festival held in Haimen on Oct 26. [Photo/ntfabu.com]

A farmers' harvest festival was held on Oct 26 in Haimen, a county-level city in Nantong, East China's Jiangsu province.

During the event, nearly 1,000 tourists and businesspeople from Nantong and Shanghai attended a variety of cultural performances and exhibitions of local agricultural products.

A wide range of agricultural products, including mutton, rice, red beans, and taro from 12 districts and towns, were on display or for sale at the bazaar.

Products from Shanghai's renowned snack brand "Wangjiasha", which are produced in Yudong town, Haimen, were also on display at the exhibition.

Many Shanghai tourists wondered why Shanghai-branded snacks were produced in Yudong.

Li Ningwang, deputy chief of the town, explained that many ingredients for the snacks, such as red beans and corn, were produced in the town to make the taste more authentic.

According to Li, more than 10,000 local households are currently engaged in the industry. A production base covering an area of 20,000 mu (1,334 hectares) has been built in the area, with its annual sales topping 40 million yuan ($5.67 million) last year.

Haimen is a major supplier of agricultural products, particularly vegetables, for Shanghai, according to Guo Xiaomin, mayor of the city.

In the first three quarters of the year, Haimen established 10,200 mu (680 hectares) of new agricultural production bases for Shanghai. Nine Shanghai-funded agricultural projects have received 780 million yuan in investment, and the city sold 2.72 billion yuan in agricultural products over the same period.