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美国蓝莓种植者在中国看到了巨大的商机

2020-5-29 11:47

 

洛杉矶,5月28日(新华社)——当美国农业部(USDA)和美国贸易代表办公室上周宣布蓝莓是被批准出口到中国的农产品之一时,美国蓝莓种植者得到了一丝阳光。


“向中国出口是一个巨大的机会,”米切尔有机食品公司的蓝莓种植者考特尼·凯特哈根周三告诉新华社。


凯特哈根(Ketterhagen)是第三代蓝莓农场主,她的孩子们将成为第四代蓝莓种植者。她在密歇根州阿灵顿镇种植高端有机蓝莓,该州是美国蓝莓种植的领先州。


“我们土壤的酸性决定了浆果丰富的味道和耐寒性,”Ketterhagen说。“我们优质的浆果是有机的,我们用手除草和修剪,精心管理我们的植物和收获。供不应求。”


美国是世界上最大的蓝莓生产国,据联合国粮农组织统计,美国蓝莓产量占全球产量的56%,超过7亿磅(约3.18亿公斤)。


据美国农业新闻网站Agweb周日报道,美国农业部最近发布的一份新闻稿称,美国向中国出口的蓝莓每年可达6200万美元。


根据发布的消息,来自佛罗里达州、乔治亚州、印第安纳州、路易斯安那州、密歇根州、密西西比州、新泽西州和北卡罗来纳州的新鲜蓝莓经过处理后可能会出口到中国。如果种植者采用系统方法控制害虫,来自加利福尼亚州、华盛顿州和俄勒冈州的蓝莓可以出口到中国。


据新闻稿说,美国农业部官员和中国植物卫生官员今年5月签署了一份工作计划,列出了蓝莓生产商必须遵守的虫害筛查措施。


种植者表示,最近的举措对他们非常有帮助,尤其是在COVID-19疫情爆发期间,供应链中断严重打击了蓝莓种植户。


凯特哈根说,她的家人到目前为止成功地度过了疫情,因为他们只种植优质蓝莓,但她认为中国市场为其他种植者提供了一个潜在的生命线。


她说:“在这些困难时期,中国对蓝莓种植户来说可能是一个真正的福音。”

 

LOS ANGELES, May 28 (Xinhua) -- U.S. blueberry growers got a ray of sunshine when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced last week that blueberry was one of the agricultural products approved to be exported to China.

"Exporting to China is a huge opportunity," blueberry grower, Kourtney Ketterhagen of Mitchell Organics, told Xinhua Wednesday.

Ketterhagen, a third-generation blueberry farmer, with her kids set to become the fourth generation, grows high-end organic blueberries in Arlington township, Michigan, the leading state for cultivated blueberry production in the United States.

"The acidity of our soil dictates the rich flavor and hardiness of the berry," Ketterhagen said. "Our premium berries are organic, we weed and trim by hand, and manage our plants and harvest very carefully. Demand always outstrips supply."

The United States is the largest producer of blueberries in the world, and, according to United Nation's FAOSTAT, is responsible for over 56 percent of global production, or more than 700 million pounds (about 318 million kilograms).

A recent press release from the USDA said that U.S. blueberry exports to China could total 62 million U.S. dollars annually, reported Agweb, a U.S. agriculture news website, on Sunday.

Fresh blueberries from Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey and North Carolina may be exported to China after treatment, according to the release. Blueberries from California, Washington and Oregon can export to China if growers use a systems approach to control pests.

USDA officials and Chinese plant health officials signed a work plan in May outlining the pest screening measures that blueberry producers must comply with to ship to China, according to the release.

Growers said that the latest move is very helpful to them, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak where supply chain disruptions have hit the blueberry farmers pretty hard.

Ketterhagen said her family had managed to weather the outbreak so far because they grow only premium blueberries but she saw the Chinese market as providing a potential lifeline for other growers.

"China could be a real boon for our blueberry farmers in these difficult times," she said.

 

来自: xinhua