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Chinese market conditions for Hainan muskmelons and watermelons are better than last year

Hainan is an island with unique weather conditions. Hainan farmers can grow three watermelons in three seasons per year. One crop is planted in autumn and harvested in winter. The second crop is planted in winter and harvested in spring. And the third crop is planted in spring and harvested in summer. The watermelons that enter the Chinese market in winter have virtually no competition. The spring harvest usually enters the market in April, and they have to compete with large supply volumes of watermelons from Guangdong, Guangxi, and Yunnan. That is why the off-season watermelons from Hainan have a distinct market advantage.

"We have our own watermelon farms, but we also work together with local farmers and help them manage their watermelon production. Our watermelons come from Hainan, and our supply season last around six months from December until May in the subsequent year. WE mostly supply the popular Meidu, Texiaofeng, and Sweet King watermelons." This is according to Mr. Zhou Jian, a watermelon farmer and trader from Hainan.

Mr. Zhou continued, "the overall surface area devoted to muskmelon plantation this year expanded by several hundred hectares compared to last year. The most important muskmelon varieties are Xizhou no. 25 and Xizhou no. 17. The price is around 3-3.7 yuan [0.47-0.59 USD]. The watermelon market is currently dominated by Meidu and Texiaofeng watermelons. The price is around 4 yuan [0.63 USD] per 0.5 kg and 2.2 yuan [0.35 USD] per 0.5 kg respectively."

The overall production volume expanded, but the market conditions for muskmelons as well as watermelons greatly improved compared to last year. One of the reasons is that weather conditions in production areas improved. The weather conditions were stable and favorable, and there were no sudden fluctuations. Another reason is the gradual improvement of the pandemic compared to last year. Distribution and labor power are both in a much better shape than last year.

Mr. Zhou mainly sells Hainan muskmelons and watermelons under his own registered brands 'Sweet Student', 'Muskmelon Shi', and 'Emperor Fruit'. He primarily sells his products in the wholesale markets and supermarkets of first- and second-tier cities in China.

For more information:

Mr. Zhou Jian

Tel.: +86 187 8982 3768 

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