India was once the largest export market for Chinese apples, but in July 2017 the Indian government prohibited the import of apples and pears from China. Many Chinese apple farmers and apple traders were affected by this prohibition. "We are in communication with many Indian importers. They are also hoping for the opportunity to resume import of Chinese apples. We all wish for this prohibition to be dissolved as soon as possible and give the Indian consumers once again the opportunity to taste the delicious flavor of Chinese apples." This is according to manager Zhong of Baishui County Shenglong Fruit Co., Ltd.
"Our overall export volume has declined in recent years as a result of the Indian import prohibition. At the moment, we mainly export our fruit products to Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia. Baishui County is one of the largest apple distribution centers in China. The county has an excellent geographical location for the distribution of apples. Every year we buy apples from Shandong, Xinjiang, Henan, and Shanxi. We gather them here, combine them in shipments, and export them in large volumes. Our main export varieties are the red Fuji apple and the Gala apple. They are both seasonal fresh apples. The Gala apple enters the market at the end of August and the season lasts until October. After the Gala season is over, the red Fuji apple enters the market in October. The price of these apples is reasonable. The quality-price ratio is high. These apples are therefore very popular in overseas markets. The apples we export overseas are all packaged in the same fashion and sold under our own trademark."
The apple production volume in 2018 was not ideal. The production volume declined in production areas across China as a result of poor weather conditions. The price was high, but there was no supply. This year the conditions normalized. The production volume is twice the size of last year. "The price declined as a result of an increase in production volume. The current price of apples in the domestic market is around 3-4 yuan [0.42-0.57 USD] per 0.5 kg," stated manager Zhong.
"In addition to the well-known Fuji and Gala apples, we also widely promote two of our new apple varieties: Ruixue and Ruiyang. These two varieties are developed by Northwestern Agricultural Science and Technology University. These varieties are extremely suitable for production areas in Shaanxi and Gansu in northwest China. Many apple orchards in Shaanxi are currently trying these two varieties, but the overall surface area devoted to these two varieties is still small. Their production volume can only satisfy local demand in Shaanxi. The Ruixue and Ruiyang apples in the market receive great feedback from consumers. The production season of these two varieties begins every year in October and continues until April in the subsequent year. The market price was around 10 yuan [1.42 USD] per 0.5 kg last year. When these apples becomes more marketable, we will expand the surface area devoted to these apples," explained manager Zhong.
Baishui County Shenglong Fruit Co., Ltd. is located in Baishui county, Shaanxi. The company is specialized in the purchase and export of apples. The company was established in September 2008. All the products sold by this company are GAP-certified. Some products are certified organic. Shenglong Fruit will participate in Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong on September 4-9. Visitors are welcome at their stand in Hall 3 at booth O02F. "We hope to see everyone there and provide all visitors with the opportunity to taste the delicious flavor of Chinese apples."
For more information:
Zhong - Manager
Baishui County Shenglong Fruit Co., Ltd.
Tel.: +86 9136188880