China’s kiwifruit farmers are expecting a good season, following the problems experienced in recent years with early harvests and low prices. Between July 15 and September 9, the trading volume of kiwifruit increased by 3% year-on-year, and the average price was up by 22.1% to 13.78 yuan/kg.
However, in key growing area Shaanxi, which accounts for about 40% of China’s total planting area, the heavy rains resulted in a smaller crop, with the volume down by about 10.5% year-on-year. By contrast, sales of Sichuan’s kiwifruit are strong, up by 48.32% year-on-year.
China is a net importer of kiwifruit, with imports coming mainly from New Zealand, Chile, and Italy, which together account for over 95% of the total.