Chinese inspectors are expected in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley next month to undertake the next step in a recent trade deal involving cherry exports. David Geen, vice-president of the B.C. Cherry Association, said growers are pleased with the new market access announced two weeks ago by federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz. He estimated sales could reach $10 million by next year and possibly double that over the next five years. He said Chinese inspectors will examine every shipment, which will limit the amount of cherries that can be sent this year…Full-text article: Fresh Plaza July 2013

Key point

  • British Columbian cherry producers have been working for the past 6 years to meet China’s 21 days of cold treatment to eliminate insect pests, while at the same time maintain marketable quality

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