Jiuquan City, located in the western end of the Hexi Corridor, which is the mainland hinterland, with little precipitation and evaporation, so it is the ideal onion growing region, and it is the largest base of high-quality onions in China.
At present, Jiuquan has an onion planting area around 160,000 mu, with an annual onion output of 1 million tons, includes annual output of high-quality Onion reaches 450,000 to 650,000 tons, accounting for one-tenth of the national onion production, which guarantees the raw materials. Onion oral liquid, onion capsule are made from local yellow onion. The natural products, high value-added products are made by high-tech super-concentrated extraction.
To enlarge and strengthen the onion industry, since 2008, the municipal government of Jiuquan, has stepped up onion cultivation and guidance, established onion Circulation Association, set up new onion purchasing and storage processing enterprises, formated onion professional trading market, as the result, the size of the city's onion-growing has expanded each year, planting gradually increase the level and quality of products and began to large industries and the development of large bases. To create "Jiuquan onion" brand, Jiuquan City, organized a group of experienced professional and technical personnel engaged in long-term onion varieties promotion, went to the fields to guide farmers grow high-quality onions. Business sector and the export of agricultural products circulation of the Association implemented a "unified brand name, uniform packaging specifications, uniform quality standards, integrated and balanced market, reunification with car shipping, standardizing market order onion," as the content of the "five unity, a standard" brand to promote measures, "Jiuquan onion" was identified as the province's Commerce Department onion unified brand.
It is understood that, because "Jiuquan onion," good quality and good market season, anti-storage, this year's market price has been steadily rising in Jiuquan onion. Till August 2009, Jiuquan fresh onion has been ordered 300,000 tons by foreign customers, who come from Russia, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asian markets.