Mexico’s first shipment of blueberries to China was dispatched on a flight from Guadalajara, capital of the west-central state of Jalisco, the government said on Thursday [15 June 2017]. The 630-kilo cargo comprised 420 boxes of the fruit cultivated in rural Jalisco, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement…Full Article: Xinhua June 2017

Key Points

  • In November 2016, Mexico and China’s AQSIQ signed a phytosanitary trade agreement relating to blueberries.
  • In 2016, Jalisco State produced 107,109 MTs of berries.
  • In 2015, Jalisco State began exporting raspberries to China.

ChinaAg Comments

  • By 2018, it is estimated that China will produce 71,400 MTs of blueberries annually.
  • In early November 2016, Peru’s SENASA and China’s AQSIQ signed an agreement on the exportation of blueberries to the mainland. Later that month, Peru exported blueberries and mangoes [as well as avocados, asparagus, grapes] via a Lima-Shanghai China Eastern Airlines cargo flight during the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
  • In October 2016, Ecuador began exporting mangoes to mainland China via air freight. During the same month, Uruguay’s Gamorel S.A. (founded in 2005, headquartered in Salto, northwestern Uruguay) announced plans to begin exporting blueberries to China after Chinese inspectors give their final approval.
  • In August 2016, China’s Zhengzhou airport in Henan Province imported Canadian blueberries for the first time. According to the Deputy General Manager of Banda Tianyuan International Logistics, Zhengzhou Airport will look to become a major fresh fruit importer and distributor.
  • In 2015, Canada produced 160,000 MTs of blueberries including 70,000 MTs in British Columbia and 23,000 MTs in Quebec.
  • In 2015, Chinese blueberry cultivation reportedly took place on 31,200 ha of farmland, with an estimated 43,250 MTs produced.  Shandong Province is China’s largest blueberry producer, producing an estimated 15,000 MTs on 6,000 ha annually. Guizhou, Liaoning, Sichuan, and Yunnan also cultivate blueberries. In China, blueberry harvests typically occur from June to August, and from March to mid-May in greenhouses.
  • In July 2014, the Senior Vice-President of Legend Holdings Ltd and Chairman of Joyvio Group stated that China produced approximately 12,000 MTs of blueberries on 20,366 ha of land in 2013. An increase from 2011 when China produced 4,100 metric tons of blueberries on 11,281 ha of land.
  • From 2008 to 2013, Chinese blueberry cultivation increased from 2,404 ha to 20,366 ha, with yields increasing approximately from 0.4 MTs per ha to 0.6 MTs per ha.
  • In 2012, Wallen Blueberry Fruits, China’s largest blueberry producer, cultivated 1,000 ha of the country’s total 10,000 ha devoted to blueberry production. Recently, Joyvio Group acquired Wallen Agriculture (Qingdao) Ltd.
  • In 2012, Shandong cultivated blueberries on 2,070 ha of farmland, followed by Liaoning at 1,952 ha, Jilin at 1,774 ha, and Guizhou at 1,331 ha.
  • In 2011, China produced 4,100 metric tons of blueberries on 11,281 ha of land.
  • From 2001 to 2007, Chinese blueberry cultivation increased in area from 24 ha to 1,414 ha (~390 MTs).
  • In 1983, China began importing blueberry seeds from the USA.

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