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China: September summary from fruit production areas in Shaanxi

Slow trade and low prices for kiwifruit

In September, the overall price in the apple production areas remained stable with a downward trend. In early September, supplies were mainly middle and late varieties. As it was the end of the sales season, the quality was declining and shipment was slow. In mid-September, the bags on the fruit of late varieties, mainly Fuji, were being taken off. During this period, rainy weather lasted for more than ten days, bringing challenges to trading and bringing the de-bagging process to a halt.

After the sun returned, apples that had turned red, in areas that started to take off the bags earlier, were available for trade and prices were generally stable. By the end of the month, as the market volume increased, prices dropped. With the approach of National Day, trading failed to pick up speed. At the end of the month, the number of buyers in the production areas increased. They all basically went to the farms to check on goods, so the re-ordered volume was not large.

Kiwifruit production areas made faster shipments in the first half of the month and e-commerce platforms generally reported large shipment volumes. In mid-September, due to lasting rainy weather, it was impossible to pick fruit, leading to a halt in the shipment. In the second half of the month, trade was slow and prices fell.

This month, the grape and citrus production areas have been making fast shipments. Prices remain stable with an upward trend, especially after sheltered grapes became available. Shipments are growing steadily. This year, citrus has a high sugar content and prices remain stable at a high level.

Source: Shaanxi Fruit Industry Bureau

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