Extreme weather reduces China's lychee crop

Published May 26, 2024

Tridge summary

Heavy rain and hail in Guangdong, China have led to a reduction in the lychee harvest by half, resulting in double the usual prices during the season. The record rainfall follows an unusually warm winter and has severely impacted the province's lychee crop, accounting for about half of China's production. The loss has led to a significant increase in prices, reaching 80 RMB per kilogram, more than four times the usual price. The Guangdong authorities have released over 200 tons of frozen lychees from last year to address the shortage. The loss is expected to affect both domestic consumption and international exports, with China being the world's largest consumer of lychees and Guangdong being the largest contributor to the country's export supply.
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Due to the rain and hail, the amount of lychees that can be harvested is reduced by half, which causes the prices to double compared to what is usual in the season. In the Chinese province of Guangdong in April this year, a record amount of rain fell, almost three times more than normal, according to the data of the meteorological service. Heavy spring rains and hail followed an unusually warm winter, which together seriously affected the province's lychee crop. Lychees have been cultivated for thousands of years in the subtropical regions of Asia, and there are records of the fruit in Chinese history before the European conquerors. The fruit, which grows on an evergreen tree, is covered with a rough skin full of scales, the fruit itself is glassy white or reddish in color, has a sweet-sour taste, and inside there is a hard seed. They are used similarly to European fruits: raw, dried, sweetened or even processed into wine. All parts of the tree are also used in traditional ...
Source: AgroForum
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