XI’AN: Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province is poised to harvest 1 million tonnes of kiwifruit this year, according to sources with the local industry organization.
Data from the Shaanxi Fruit Industry Center show that the growth rate of the global kiwifruit cultivation area and yield has been increasing by 71.25 percent and 55.58 percent, respectively, in the past decade, surpassing 27 kinds of common fruits such as citrus and apple.
By the end of 2019, China had 290,000 hectares of kiwifruit cultivation area with the annual output amounting to 3 million tonnes.
Data from the customs authorities in Xi’an, the provincial capital of Shaanxi, show that Shaanxi exported 17,900 tonnes of fresh fruits with a total market value of 136 million yuan (about 20 million U.S. dollars) in the January-June period, up 14.92 percent and 12.14 percent from a year ago, respectively.
Exports of fresh apple, pear and kiwi accounted for 98.43 percent of the total fresh fruit exports in the province, with the exports of fresh kiwi soaring by 92 percent to 6.56 million yuan in the first half-year.
Wei Yan’an, director of the Shaanxi Fruit Industry Center, said Shaanxi will further explore both domestic and international markets to boost kiwifruit sales.