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Yuyao waxberry wins protection by registration of geographical indications of agricultural products
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Lately the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China has published a list of agricultural products registered and protected by national geographical indications. Yuyao waxberry is within the very list.

Yuyao is the home of Chinese waxberry. As early as 7,000 years ago, the waxberry core was found in the Neolithic Hemudu site. Yuyao is also the origin where waxberries have been planted and cultivated for over 2,000 years. Celebrated poets, including Su Dongpo, Li Bai, Lu You, Song Zhiwen and Yang Wanli, all left behind classical poems praising Yuyao waxberry. For now, Yuyao boasts the farmland of up to about 90 thousand mu for cultivation of waxberries. The annual output of waxberries in Yuyao reaches 2.5 tons; the sales volume of fresh waxberries reaches up to 210 million yuan; the total output value adds up to 800 million yuan.

As is introduced, geographical indications of agricultural products refer to the indication that agricultural products originate from a specific region. The quality and related characteristics of agricultural products mainly depend on the local natural ecological environment and historical and cultural factors. Geographical indications of agricultural products named after geographical names are golden business cards of local characteristic agricultural products. Up to now, Yuyao boasts 4 agricultural products registered and protected by the national geographical indications. In addition to the Yuyao waxberry, there are Yuyao mustard, Yuyao Falls and Fairy Tea, and Yuyao soft-shelled turtle.

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