The lychees produced in Hainan are mainly Feizixiao, Seedless, and Lychee King, which have the advantage of being on the market earlier than other production areas due to climate reasons.
"This year, due to the cold and rainy weather during the production season, the production season of the main varieties of Hainan lychees has been delayed by nearly a month, and it will not start until the middle of May, which is close to the time when Guangdong lychees are on the market."
Mr. Chang Zhongjie from Hainan Maosen Nongte Fruit Co., Ltd., which specialized in seasonal Hainan fruits, continued: "In the past, various lychee varieties in Hainan could be successively introduced to the market due to their different ripening times, which lengthened the overall lychee season. However, this year, the ripening times are very close together, which makes the marketing time for each variety particularly tight, and the overall sales season is thus shortened.”
"Last year, the production of lychees in Hainan was small and the taste was average. The price and sales were not ideal. This year is a big year for lychees in Hainan. The output is 2-3 times that of last year, and the taste is better than last year. Thanks to this, the market performance of lychees this year has improved significantly compared to last year. Coupled with the lifting of the pandemic measures, this year's sales have increased compared with the previous two years."
"The current price is basically the same as in the past but, with such a large number of lychees on the market, the price is gradually dropping. For example, the price of the Feizixiao variety with a larger volume has stabilized. Lychee King, which is mainly for the middle and high-end market, fluctuates greatly because it is in the early stage of entering the market. It is estimated that its price will drop in early June, but it is believed that it will not drop too low. "
Maosen Nongte Fruit focuses on mid-to-high-end fruit gifts for business. Chang talked about a change in the business market this year: "In previous years, business gifts usually chose seedless lychees because of their unique characteristics and high prices. This year, to reduce costs, many customers are more inclined to the "Lychee King", because the price is lower than half the price of seedless lychees, but the size is still decent. The consumption power of the market is not as good as before. Fortunately, there are varieties at different prices to choose from. "
In addition, according to Chang, the sales channels of lychees are more diversified this year: "Fruit growers used to only deliver fruits to receivers, but since the popularity of short online clips, many fruit growers have used short videos to directly sell to consumers. The number of farmers participating in e-commerce is on the rise. This may have some impact on our wholesalers, but each market is not the same. In my opinion, the diversification of sales channels is a good thing for the overall sales of lychees: fruit farmers do not have to worry about unsalable lychees, and the price of lychees will not become too bad due to difficulty in sales."
Hainan Maosen Nongte Fruit Industry Co., Ltd. is engaged in all kinds of fruits in Hainan, mainly for mid-to-high-end business gifts, and also to wholesale.