Chinese pineapple growers see results of strong demand

Pineapple farmer Wu Jianlian is quite content these days as he walks through his plantation in Guangdong's Xuwen county, at the southernmost tip of the Chinese mainland. Wu, director of the Xuwen County Pineapple Association, is now busy harvesting, weighing and packaging his pineapples and negotiating sales and deliveries.

To help meet the growing demand, railway lines have been operating special trains since February 6 to help deliver Xuwen's pineapples to major mainland cities. Apart from Beijing and Shanghai, the special pineapple trains have also reached Lanzhou, capital of Northwest China's Gansu province, and other major cities in the eastern, northern and western parts of the country.

Located on the Leizhou Peninsula, Xuwen county usually produces about 700,000 tons of pineapples a year, making it the country's biggest pineapple production base. Wu said he expects to earn more than 2 million yuan ($307,000) from pineapple sales this year thanks to higher prices and strong demand.


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