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Study on the scope for reconstruction of the grazing livestock sector of Xinjiang based on organic farming methods


  • Chai Jun

    () (Xinjiang Agricultural University)

  • Bill Slee

    () (The Macaulay Institute)

  • Maurizio Canavari

    (Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna)

  • Chen Tong

    (Xinjiang Agricultural University)

  • Huliyeti Hasimu

    (Xinjiang Agricultural University)


This paper explores the feasibility of developing organic livestock farming in the pastoral area of Xinjiang, in order to address the problems of grassland degradation and to promote the sustainable development of the grazing livestock sector. Research shows that organic grazing farming may reduce the stocking rate of grassland and relieve the strained relationship between animal and grassland, as well between man and nature. As a result, the value of multifunctional grazing systems may be more widely recognized. As well as including production and economic objectives, cultural, social and environmental implications will also be taken into account. Additionally, herders may also have an improved source of income to poor rural people. The potential markets for organic products are very big and the traditional ruminant livestock husbandry systems in Xinjiang are very close to organic livestock farming. It is considered necessary to change from a production-oriented approach to farming system research to a wider consideration of the systems and policies needed to support the development of organic grazing livestock alongside consideration of how to fund the relevant research and training and establish the systems of quality guarantee associated with organic production.

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  • Chai Jun & Bill Slee & Maurizio Canavari & Chen Tong & Huliyeti Hasimu, 2008. "Study on the scope for reconstruction of the grazing livestock sector of Xinjiang based on organic farming methods," DEIAgra Working Papers 8001, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Department of Agricultural Economics and Engineering, revised Apr 2008.
  • Handle: RePEc:bag:deiawp:8001

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    1. Zhang, MunkhDalai A. & Borjigin, Elles & Zhang, Huiping, 2007. "Mongolian nomadic culture and ecological culture: On the ecological reconstruction in the agro-pastoral mosaic zone in Northern China," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 62(1), pages 19-26, April.
    2. Lili, Zhou & Tong, Chen, 2007. "Consumer Perception of Organic Food in Urumqi," 105th Seminar, March 8-10, 2007, Bologna, Italy 7890, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    Grazing Livestock; Organic Farming; Xinjiang; China;

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    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth

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