Tongnan District, near the city of Chongqing in China, is located at 30° Northern latitude. Is has a region with a subtropical monsoon climate, abundant rainfall, acidic soil and convenient irrigation conditions, suitable for lemon production. Tongnan lemons usually start to be harvested in September and can be supplied throughout the year. In addition to domestic sales in China, Tongnan lemons are exported to Russia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. To get an understanding of the new season's lemon market developments Freshplaza had a conversation with Mr. Wu Danqing from HuiDa Lemon Technology Group.
"We mainly grow Eureka lemon, one of the world's main lemon varieties. This year's crop has been affected by extreme weather with 40 to 50 days of continuous high temperatures in July and August in the production area. This had a great impact on lemons. Fortunately, the base has its own irrigation and water storage system, which has largely alleviated the impact of the drought. The continuous high temperatures delayed the production season, and the picking season was postponed from the end of August to October," explains Wu.
"However, the quality has not been affected, and the output has increased. Firstly, the climate returned to normal in early September. Secondly, thanks to the government and enterprises' attention on the lemon industry, the lemon planting area has continued to expand in recent years, and the overall output has increased. And because of the continuous improvement of planting management technology, the quality of this year's harvest is better than that of previous years," continues Wu.
In terms of lemon export, Wu says: "Russia is currently our largest export market. Our company's lemons are sold in major Russian cities such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, and Vladivostok. The war has affected the economic situation of Russia to a certain extent. It is not known whether it will affect the import of lemons. We need to wait for relevant statistics. In addition, we have stable exports in Southeast Asia, such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. Although Southeast Asian countries also produce lemons, the varieties are different, there is a certain demand for our lemons."
"At present, we are optimistic about the export market in the Middle East and hope to further develop it. Middle Eastern countries have developed economies and high consumption levels, and have traditional consumption habits for lemons. We are close in proximity to the Middle East. Through the Central Asia Railway, we can transport our lemons to the destinations easily and quickly. The lemons produced in China have a price advantage and the short transportation distance reduces the freight cost, which make the products more cost-effective," continues Wu.
In addition, Wu also mentioned the price of lemons this year: "In the domestic market, the price of lemons rose in August. Due to the drought in summer, the new fruit could not be picked as scheduled, and there is always a larger demand for lemons in summer. When the weather returned to normal by September, prices had dropped. From the perspective of the international market, due to the large global lemon production this year, the overall price has dropped, and it is estimated that the price may drop to a low point in recent years."
Huida Lemon Technology Group was established in 2007, integrating lemon planting, research and development, deep processing, logistics, sales and export trade. The company's lemon production base is located in Tongnan, Chongqing. It has its own factory and sorting line. The products include fresh lemons and various processed lemon products. The annual turnover of lemons is 200,000 tons. At present, the company has established sales centers in many places across the country and has a variety of sales channels such as direct-sale stores, large supermarkets, and online e-commerce.
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