Chinese farmers are into Australian nuts

Near the Chinese city of Lincang, southwest China's Yunnan Province, drivers transport tonnes of packed nuts to nearby processing factories. Each kg of fresh berries can fetch 14 yuan (2.1 US dollars).

The industry is bearing fruit in Lincang, with official figures showing that locals have planted over 173,333 hectares of macadamia nuts in the city so far, the highest plantation area in Yunnan Province.

In 2002, when local authorities began to implement a pilot project reallocating farmland to forestry. The evergreen Australian macadamia nut trees started thriving in large numbers.

Chen Yuxiu is in charge of a nut-processing company in Lincang. Besides processing the products, the company has also launched an online store, allowing people to buy the nuts grown deep in the Yunnan mountains.

"We have more than 50,000 followers on our website, and many customers have praised the products," Chen said. "Through e-commerce, sales channel for the nuts has expanded, and villagers are quite happy that their products have reached different corners of the country."


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