Linshu county is by far one of the world’s largest production areas of osier and one of the main production areas for willow products. Willow is an advantageous export commodity in this city. Its products are sold out to over 120 countries and regions. Linshu enjoys the following advantages when it develops willow products:
First, it has obvious advantages on resources of plantation of osier. Plantation of osier has covers over 250,000 mu and an annual output of over 700,000 tons. It is one of the country’s largest plantation bases of osier. Many counties and districts have over 300 years of tradition on plantation of osier and willows are distributed in degree of thickness, high in tenacity, good in texture and free from fluff. It is a first-class material to weave all sorts of willow products.
Second, it enjoys product advantages of willow. Osier produced in this city is not suitable to weaving of osier products, it is a fit to all sorts of weaving methods. At present, willow products in Linshu county hasve evolved from products of daily use to furniture articles and articles for pets with their grades constantly enhanced and their color varieties constantly rising. Following raw and auxiliary materials, it can produce 6 major types combining pure willow and straw willow, cloth willow, wood willow, vegetation and willow iron. It can basically satisfy demands of the international market.
Third, it enjoys talent advantages for export of willow. Willow products are widely popular manual artwork in Linshu County. ‘Every household can weave baskets’, so people of weaving technologies are sufficient. In Linshu, almost all households have rich experience on weaving of willow. Over 80% of company members enjoy over 10 years of experience on weaving. It validly guarantees product quality and grade. Linshu county has over 100 professional villages on plantation of osier with people engaged in it tallying 250,000 and an annual added income totaling around 1 billion. In the meantime, as export of willow is early in start-up and fast in development, over 2000 professional talents on foreign trade have been fostered including over 1000 carrying a Bachelor’s degree and above and more than 1000 full-time designing staffs.
Fourth, willow products have advantages on environmental conservation of raw materials. Willow companies strictly follow environments for environmental protection to develop new products. Other than principal materials, its oil plants, supplementary materials for clothing and so forth also conform to requirements for environmental protection. Willow it produces also have green, environmental and pollution-free characteristics. In recent years, it has obtained widespread acknowledgement among advanced countries notably EU, America and so forth that have high requirements on environmental protection. Its shares in the international market are constantly expanding.
Fifth, willow export has become a major tunnel to raise incomes among local peasants. Willow industry falls to labor intensive industry with little space for margins. Most companies adopt the form of weaving household for operation. The city has over 80 companies that contact more than 200 weaving households. It reduces company cost, addresses employment of numerous surplus labor in rural areas and provides a valid route for raising incomes and ensuring social stability.