On January 5, in Zhanggou Village, Sikeshu Township, Lushan County, Henan Province, a village cadre was showing customers the local specialties of the village – mulberry leaf tea, dried mulberries, mulberry wine and other products.
“Our village has a mulberry garden of more than 100 acres. In addition to part of the mulberry leaves for feeding silkworms and part of the mulberries for tourists to pick by themselves, the remaining mulberry leaves and mulberries are We processed it into mulberry leaf tea, dried mulberries, mulberry wine, etc.,” said Xu Jianjun, secretary of the Party branch of Zhanggou Village.
Zhanggou Village is located in the southwest of Lushan County. It is surrounded by mountains, with a forest coverage rate of more than 85% and rich natural landscape resources. In recent years, the Party branch of Zhanggou Village has put forward the concept of “ecological development”. Relying on the local high-quality natural scenery and resources, it has focused on the protection of original ecological natural resources on one hand and the development of ecological industries on the other, forming a process of “ecological improvement” and “industrial development” going hand in hand. development pattern.
Zhanggou Village has established a farmhouse party branch to encourage, guide and help the masses to develop the farmhouse industry. At present, the scale of the farmhouse industry in the village has reached 42, with nearly 300 employees. famous, attracting more than 20,000 customers every year, with an average annual household income of more than 90,000 yuan. In 2015, Zhanggou Village was rated as “Henan Rural Tourism Demonstration Village” by the Henan Provincial Tourism Bureau.
In recent years, Zhanggou Village has attracted investment to build a tussah breeding base, an ecological grass pig breeding base, a fruit mulberry plantation project, and a tussah cocoon project. A series of ecological industry projects such as the silk processing base have directly driven more than 100 households in the village and surrounding areas to develop ecological planting, breeding and handmade silk processing to increase their income.
In September 2021, the relevant departments of Lushan County invested more than 300,000 yuan to purchase a set of tea-making equipment and provided it to Zhanggou Village. That year, the village produced more than 500 kilograms of tea and sold more than 300 kilograms, earning an income of more than 36,000 yuan. The village also relies on the township’s “Dexiu brand” wild winery equipment to produce more than 700 bottles of mulberry wine. “Because it is a high-end health wine, we initially priced it at 168 yuan a bottle.” Xu Jianjun said.
On the hillside of Zhanggou Village, there are many wild mulberry trees. “Last year we gained experience in making tea. This year we are planning to produce some pure natural wild mulberry leaf tea and wild mulberry wine. The next step is to make mulberry leaf noodles, mulberry vinegar, etc., making full use of a mulberry tree and developing related industries. Be bigger and stronger.” Xu Jianjun said.