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Chinese satsumas expected to flood on to market in August

More than one month has passed since early tangerines from Chongzuo, Longzhou hit the market. In the meantime, an increasing number of production areas have entered the harvest season and their early tangerines are arriving at the market. Although it is now the end of July, satsumas in various production areas are not yet fully ripe, and some areas are still harvesting early tangerines that meet the standard for sale.

The satsuma tastes tart and sweet and is not as nice as varieties with higher sugar content such as shatang and orah. However, as it is the first on the market, it sells well and the price is still good. The months of July and August each year are the season of grapes, lychees, watermelons, and peaches, and early tangerines have almost no competitors, so no wonder prices are high.

In recent years, growers have been focusing on shatang and orah, so the development of late varieties from Guangxi has been relatively fast. At the same time, the development of early varieties has been slow, and it can even be said to have basically stopped. As the market performance of early citrus varieties is mediocre and is difficult to compete with high-priced varieties such as orah that is marketed at 10 yuan per half a kilo or shatang that is marketed at 8 yuan, many growers switched to other varieties. At present, the planted area and production of satsumas are not large and the planting costs are low, so even if the purchase price is 1.5-2 yuan per half a kilo, growers can still have considerable profits.

Source: Southern Rural News

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