The president of the Cherry Committee of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (Asoex), Cristian Tagle, stated in an interview with the Chinese medium Xinhua that China's increase in demand for Chilean cherries has improved the quality of life in the production areas.
“There is a better quality of life and the population in the areas where the cherry is produced has better conditions. In addition, producers have realized that there is an opportunity and they have continued with the plantations,” Tagle said.
"This brings a lot of progress to the community and boosts Chile's image abroad, as it shows the country's great force and conveys that we are a pioneer in cherry exports, quality products, and a fully guaranteed food security," he stressed.
The Chairman of the Committee said that there were more than 40,000 hectares planted with cherries in Chile, which leads to infrastructure development, import of capital goods, and employment in production areas.
Tagle also said that the Chinese buyer's predilection for Chilean cherries had allowed Chile to achieve the good results it has and that they hoped they will continue to have and improve their results for many years.
"We believe that the conditions are infinitely positive," he stressed about the relationship of the South American country with China. “The Chinese cherry market has been growing for Chile. It is by far the main export market for the country. More than 80 percent of the volumes go to China,” he said.
According to Tagle, Chile is exporting more than 180,000 tons of cherries, which means that this fruit is becoming the country's most valuable export.
He also said that Chilean cherry exports were exceeding one billion dollars for the first time ever.
"This has allowed us to develop a very interesting and very well prepared promotional campaign to publicize the Chilean cherry in China," he added.
“We are going to need twice the volume of cherries to meet the market demand that comes from China. We are very hopeful and very confident that this boom is going to happen, and we have the challenge of being able to deliver a quality product in a timely manner, ”he said.