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  Tongliao City to Start a Complete Prohibition of Livestock Herding from December 1

English Translation by Enhebatu Togochog

[ Xinhua News Inner Mongolia Channel, December 6, 2002 ]  Since December 1, 2002, Tongliao City ( former Jirim Aimag --- translator ) has launched a complete prohibition of livestock herding to successfully end the traditional livestock herding production mode which had been maintained for hundreds of thousands of years. Tongliao City has a total area of 4346 Mu ( almost 390 hectares --- translator ) pasture lands, and a total amount of 3.2 million head livestock. Because of the extensive grazing management style of the traditional animal husbandry, the grassland eco-system in this area has seriously been destroyed. After the complete prohibition of livestock, 3954 Mu ( almost 264 hectares--- translator ) of the city’s pasture land will be effectively protected, and the protection area will reach 80% of the total pasture land area. The entire city’s 138 Sumus ( townships, towns ) and 2,697 Gachaas ( villages ) that are home to 438,500 herders and farmers’ households will gradually adopt intensive farming and animal husbandry production modes.





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