Donggang strawberries finding favor overseas

China Daily | Updated: 2024-02-06 10:12
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A worker picks strawberries in a greenhouse of an agricultural cooperative in Donggang, Liaoning province, on Dec 7, 2023. [Photo/Xinhua]

SHENYANG — At the break of dawn, amid bone-chilling temperatures in Donggang, Northeast China's Liaoning province, workers were busy picking ripe, red strawberries hidden under leaves in a greenhouse.

The fresh-picked fruit was then weighed, placed on foam trays and packed in cardboard boxes at the strawberry packing factory at the Donggang Nongdao Agriculture and Forestry Technology Co, waiting to be shipped abroad.

"Over 300 boxes of strawberries were sent overseas today. Tomorrow, they will be placed on the shelves of supermarkets in Singapore, Thailand and other countries," said Ma Tingdong, head of the company. "This winter, overseas orders for fresh strawberries have surged."

At the 20th China International Agricultural Trade Fair in November, the company reached cooperation agreements with many foreign customers from Singapore, Indonesia and other nations. The company's fresh strawberry exports reached 2 million yuan ($281,000) in December, according to Ma.

Donggang, which first cultivated strawberries over a century ago, is now China's largest strawberry production and export base. According to the Donggang agricultural and rural bureau, the strawberry production area in the city exceeds 13,000 hectares, with an annual production of 300,000 metric tons. In the fourth quarter of last year, sales of fresh strawberries in Donggang reached more than 2 billion yuan.

"Donggang's strawberries are popular for their plump shape and sweet taste, thanks to the favorable natural conditions for strawberry planting," said Jiang Zhaotong, deputy director of Liaoning Strawberry Research Institute of Science and Technology.

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