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Thousands of people robbed black Goji berry grasslands in Golmud China

Author:Panda Foods Date:2015-12-31 22:03:04
 Thousands of People Robbed Black Goji berry Grasslands in Golmud China


                             01_Illegal pickers gathered at the cross road

      Around 5:00, Aug. 27, 2015 in the morning before dawn, hundreds of motorcycles with lamp on, gathered in the main road of Golmud City east and west side. Every motorcycle carried one person at least, four at most, with plastic buckets at backseat. After gathered they drove to grasslands around Golmud City, for the wild black Goji berries. Pictured here are illegal pickers gathered at the cross road. 


                     02_Wild black Goji berry trees

       Golmud is the second largest city in Qinghai province, located at South-Central Qaidam Basin in Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, The fresh wild black Goji berries produced here could be sold more than $25/kg on local market, and even more than $300/kg for dried wild black Goji berries. Goji berries are one kind of healthiest and super food in traditional Chinese medicine, wild black Goji berries are the best, whose price is ten times higher at least than normal red Goji berries on market. In recent years, such valuable creatures attracted more and more people picked off illegally in herdsmen's field. Pictured here is wild black Goji berry trees. 


                     03_Groups of illegal pickers broke fences and went to grasslands

        Since Oct. last year, most of grasslands were outsourced to contractors to operate by local herdsmen. Contractors fenced grasslands to protect their black Goji berries from picked off illegally. But since around Aug.13,  thousands of people began to break the fences and doors and picked off wild black Goji berries illegally against the stop from herdsmen and contractors. Some of illegal pickers slashed out the guards with machetes, torched the guard's tent, trashed contractor's houses, and hinder the police against the law violently. In above photo, groups of illegal pickers broke fences and went to grasslands. 


                     04_Illegal pickers is picking off wild black Goji berries illegally on grasslands

        From Aug.10 till today, over 5,000 robbers from all around China, ransacked over 200,000 hectares grasslands. Local herdsmen could not stopped them,  guards and contractors were wounded by these illegal pickers. In above photo, illegal pickers is picking off wild black Goji berries illegally on grasslands. 


                     05_Gangs of illegal pickers on motorcycles

        It is not the isolated case, recently other areas in Golmud like Alar, Qingshuihe, Yushuihe, Jinyuhu were also ransacked by over 5,000 people. The black Goji berry called as "solf gold" in local areas, have led to a wealth war. Pictured here is gangs of illegal pickers on motorcycles. 

 

                    06_A farm vehicle fully loaded with illegal pickers went to grasslands

        Objectively speaking, weak control and poor execution from local government for this kind of plant connived this violent and the damage to grasslands environment. In above photo, a farm vehicle fully loaded with illegal pickers went to grasslands. 


                    07_Groups of illegal Goji berry pickers went to grasslands in early morning

              In early morning, groups of illegal Goji berry pickers went to grasslands. 

 
                    08_illegal pickers was selling stolen wild black Goji berries on market

       Latest news published by local authority, till 5:00 p.m. on Aug.26, 25 illegal pickers were arrested by local police. But till Aug.30, illegal picking still happened on herdsmen's grasslands. In above photo, illegal pickers was selling stolen wild black Goji berries on market. 


                     09_Guard point was trashed and burned by illegal pickers

                       Guard point was trashed and burned by illegal pickers. 


                     10_The fence and door built newly was broken by illegal pickers

                     The fence and door built newly was broken by illegal pickers. 


                     11_Conflicts between herdsmen and illegal Goji berry pickers, herdsman's car was smashed

        Conflicts between herdsmen and illegal Goji berry pickers, herdsman's car was smashed. 



                    12_Guard point was trashed and burned by illegal pickers

                       Guard point was trashed and burned by illegal pickers. 


                         13_The staff employed by contractor on grassland was wounded by illegal pickers

      The staff employed by contractor on grassland was wounded by illegal pickers. 


                    14_Standing billboard with slogan  Intentionally destroy resource of wild black Goji berries is illegal

      Standing billboard with slogan " Intentionally destroy resource of wild black Goji berries is illegal" 14


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