Chinese figs are smaller, volume declined by 20% due to high temperatures

Nanchang in Jiangxi is an important fig production area where the production season is currently in full swing. The supply season of fresh figs is expected to continue until around the 15th of December. The arid weather this year has had a significant influence on the fig production. The production volume declined by around 20% because temperatures were too high. Moreover, the average fruit size is rather small. The sugar content, however, is high.

"The sales conditions for figs will likely improve this year because the production volume declined. The current retail price of figs in Nanchang is around 20 yuan [2.93 USD] per 0.5 kg, which is 5 yuan [0.73 USD] less than around this time last year. The price dropped by 20%. The main reason for this development is a decline of purchasing power among consumers." This is according to Mr. Tao Zhihua of Jiangxi Jiuren Agricultural Development Co., Ltd.

Jiangxi experienced the second-hottest weather in its history. Outside temperatures reached as much as 50 degrees Celsius. Figs struggled during this heatwave. According to Mr. Tao, "laborers risked suffering a heatstroke, so the harvest slowed down. Moreover, figs are not easily stored or transported when the temperature is that high. Fortunately, we supply completely ripe figs, which are always popular in the Chinese market. That is why our sales figures were not affected by the weather."

Jiangxi Jiuren Agricultural Development Co., Ltd. sells figs via WeChat shops and community buying groups in Nanchang. The main difference between these channels and wholesale markets is the attention for high product quality in the former, especially in terms of sugar content and ripeness. That is why Jiangxi Jiuren Agricultural Development Co., Ltd. is able to satisfy consumer demand.

For more information:

Mr. Tao Zhihua

Jiangxi Jiuren Agricultural Development Co., Ltd.

Tel.: +86 137 3291 9153 

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