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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 19:06

China: Ningxia aims to become capital of Halal food processing

Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region is showing its ambition ahead of Sunday's China-Arab States Expo, to build itself into a global Halal food center.

The government of Wuzhong, which counts large numbers of the Hui ethnic group of Han Chinese Muslims, is building a Halal industrial park to integrate research, design, manufacture, processing and trade for the Halal food industry.

"Favorable business policies and the good environment of our park can attract Halal food enterprises from home and abroad, and promote the Halal food industry of China at the same time," said Zhao Yongqing, party chief of Wuzhong.

The city now has 176 Halal food enterprises. Halal output of the city totaled 13.2 billion yuan (US$2.16 billion) last year, up 15% year on year, and accounted for more than 60% of the total value of the region's Halal industry.

Covering an area of 63 square km, the park has over 40 enterprises to date with an annual production value of 3.6 billion yuan (US$588 million). Well-known enterprises, such as Ningxia Hongshanhe Food, Yili (Ningxia), and Baodi Halal Food Company, have played great roles in the development of domestic Halal food industry.

"Our goal is not only the domestic market, but markets in the Arab states. Thus, we need to organize a chain of cultivation, slaughter and processing, to ensure the integrity of material source, so that we can expand our business to the world," said GuJianqing, manager of Baodi.

Gu said his company plans to cultivate three million chicken annually, and slaughter three million lamb and 80,000 cattle every year.

"We are very positive about the platform that Ningxia has provided for us. It will offer us a lot of convenience in exports once the support facilities are completed," said Gu, adding that he hopes to sell 40% of their Halal products in the international markets.

Besides Wuzhong, the capital city of Ningxia is also striving to develop the Halal industry. By the end of 2012, Yinchuan had more than 4,800 Halal food enterprises and other processing or selling enterprises. Some have showcased their products outside China and at exhibitions in Cairo, Dubai and Istanbul.



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