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China's lychee exports get a boost

This Monday, fruit purchasers from around the world placed 270 million yuan (US$39.3 million) of orders for lychees to be harvested in south China's Guangdong Province.

China is the world's biggest lychee grower, producing more than 60 percent of the world's lychee. Guangdong has more than 266,667 hectares of lychee orchards, with an output nearing 1.5 million tons in 2018, ranking first in terms of both area and yield in the country.

Lu Yajin, director of Liangtong Risheng Litchi Cooperative in the city of Lianjiang, Guangdong, said the rural cooperative has invited experts from South China Agricultural University to help farmers improve fruit-keeping techniques.

The cooperative exported 1,500 tons of lychees last year, earning more than 20 million yuan.

Guangdong's lychee exports exceeded 10 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. Exports to the United States, Canada and Europe accounted for 80 percent of the total. Local fruit growers are keen in studying export standardization norms and organic growing methods to supply for high-end markets.


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