Maca planting in Yunnan, China
Maca, a vegetable crop originating in the high plateaus of the Andes, can be used for food and medical purposes. It is only suitable for the region with altitudes of 2400 to 3000 meters that are subtropical (low latitude) have large (day/night) temperature differences, high humidity, and enough sunshine.
The United Nations FAO introduced maca to China in 2003. Taxkorgan County in Xinjiang and Lijiang in Yunnan were the first two areas in China to being maca production. Because of its alpine and geologic climate characteristics, Mashu Township in Qiaojia county, Yunnan province, became the third national region suitable for planting maca in 2010.
In 2015 ERBER Group supported 20 poor families in 2 demonstration sites/villages to master the cultivation of maca in the first year.
At least 2 villages of 50 households join the cultivation of maca to increase the income in 2016.