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W51 Strawberry Update: South Korean Strawberry Market Success in Hong Kong, and Weather Affecting Production in Peru, China, and Spain

Fresh Strawberry
South Korea
Published Dec 29, 2023
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South Korean Honghee Strawberries Enter Hong Kong Market

In South Korea, Hongseong-gun, South Chungcheong Province, strategically promoted its new Honghee strawberries in Hong Kong, a key export market. Exports are expected to launch in 2024 after a decade of development. During a promotional event, the County Mayor engaged with agricultural import companies and expressed his confidence in the global potential of Honghee strawberries. The initiative aims to expand the global sales network, enhancing farm incomes and positioning the variety for success in the international market.

South Korean Strawberries Make Pesticide-Free Debut in Hong Kong

Goryeong-gun, South Korea, celebrated the successful export of the 'Seolhyang' strawberry variety to Hong Kong. Seolhyang strawberries are known for its high sugar content, large size, and resistance to powdery mildew. Gyeongsan Mountain, the source of these pesticide-free strawberries, marks a significant milestone in Hong Kong's strawberry imports. Despite weather challenges, the county plans to export an additional 250 kilograms soon.

Strawberry Planting Area Declines in Huelva, Spain, Due to Weather Challenges and Crop Diversity

The Association of Producers and Exporters of Strawberries and Red Fruits of Huelva (Freshuelva) reported a 4.75% year-over-year (YoY) decrease in the total area of strawberries planted in Huelva, Spain, for the 2023/24 season. This drop is primarily due to adverse weather conditions. Storm Bernard and high temperatures led to delays in replanting, yet subsequent rains contributed to overall crop development. Despite challenges, some strawberry varieties were available for production during Dec-23. This allowed Spain to capture some market share from South American competitors during the year-end festivities of 2023.

UK Strawberry Market Faces Challenges with Early Harvests, Reduced Volumes, and Import Duty Pressures

The United Kingdom (UK) strawberry market faced unusual dynamics with the early completion of the main local production and reduced Dutch volumes, leading to prolonged high prices. Weather conditions and some UK growers opting out of planting strawberries contributed to this situation. Although Egypt, Spain, and South Africa stepped in to bridge the gap, a new challenge arose with an increase in duties on Egyptian strawberry imports. The UK government's duty-free quota is expected to deplete by January 13 2024, imposing a consecutive second-year 10% duty on Egyptian strawberries, impacting importers.

Winter Strawberries Witness a Price Decline in Yunnan, China, Amid Increased Output

As December brings winter strawberries to the Chinese market, a significant shift is observed, with prices declining after remaining high in previous winters. Yunnan, a key strawberry-producing province, sees a 30% increase in output compared to last year, resulting in prices being 20 to 30% lower. However, recent heavy snowfall in many places in the north and the approaching New Year's Day are expected to cause a slight price rise. Data from Beijing Xinfadi Wholesale Market revealed substantial price drops for various strawberry varieties, such as Tianbao (Milk) and Ningyu. For instance, Tianbao (Milk) strawberry prices average at USD 2.19 per 500 grams (CNY 15.5), nearly half the price compared to the same period last year at USD 4.23/500g (CNY 30).

Severe Floods Threaten Strawberry Production in Peru, Seeking Urgent Local Support for Recovery

Severe floods in Cuzco, Peru, devastated strawberry production, damaging phytotents and risking the entire infrastructure. Urgent local assistance is needed to address the deteriorating situation and prevent further losses. The district of Poroy faces challenges as heavy rains wash away mud and stones, affecting the nursery and jeopardizing the ripening strawberries. The community seeks support from authorities to salvage the phytotents and prevent widespread damage to fruit and vegetable cultivation. The aftermath of the floods poses a threat to the local agricultural sector, requiring swift intervention and recovery efforts.

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