Entrepreneur returns to hometown in Hubei province from Canada to achieve his farm dream. After years in Canada, nobody expected businessman Huang Yuanchao to return to Tianmen in central China’s Hubei province to start a raspberry empire. Born into a rural family in Tianmen, Huang started work in 1986, after graduation, as an automation engineer at a Beijing research institute. Bored with the routine of the job, he started his own trading company in 1993 selling merchandise, including imported cars, and made a fortune in the course of a decade…Full Article: China Daily Feb 2015

Key Point

  • According to the head of the Hubei Gold Berry S&T Development, seven raspberry varieties (out of 50) from the US and Europe were selected to for cultivation in Hubei. The head also noted that it is difficult to secure bank loans for large scale production since rented land (i.e. farmers transferring part of their land to agribusiness companies for a set fee) cannot be used as collateral by the managing company.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In November 2014, Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and the General Manager of China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) were close to signing a berry export agreement.
  • In November 2013, it was announced that Chinese technicians would visit Mexico to assess the country’s production, packing and food-safety operations of its blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.
  • From 2010 to 2013, Hong Kong imports of raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, and loganberries (HS 081020) increased from 223 MTs to 641 MTs. Nearly all imports originated from Chile and the USA.

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