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Menglian county, Yunnan province

Avocados boost income for Chinese farmers

Avocados are now a major cash crop in Menglian county, Yunnan province, which has been growing the fruit since 2014. With a seasonal output of 15,000 tons, it is currently China's largest avocado growing area. The avocado is recent introduction to local residents, who have traditionally relied on rubber, tea and sugar cane.

Known as "butter fruit" in China due to its creamy flesh, imports of this still exotic fruit have received a warm response, giving farmers the confidence to start growing the nutrient-rich crop. With its tropical climate, Menglian's climate is similar to that found in the world's main avocado-producing areas.


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