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Spain: Berry exports to China have grown by 68%

The presence of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries from Huelva in China has skyrocketed in the current season, with a 68% increase in the value of transactions (686,490 Euro) between October and March.

 

This has been highlighted in a statement by the Andalusian Councillor of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Rodrigo Sánchez Haro, who participated in the inauguration of the 4th International Berry Congress, promoted by Freshuelva in Huelva.

 

The Councillor said that berries are "one of the most representative products" for the Andalusian agro-food sector. Not only are they consolidating in the usual international markets, but are also finding their way into "emerging and distant" destinations, such as China, where exports were already worth a record 1,118 million Euro in 2017 (4.49% more than in 2016).

 

Thanks to the loyalty of its main customers (the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and France) and the opening up of new markets, average sales have increased by 10% in the last decade.

 

Rodrigo Sánchez also spoke about the threat of Brexit, stating that since its announcement, relations with the United Kingdom have remained "practically unchanged."

 

In any case, Rodrigo Sánchez claimed that "the sector is well prepared to face the challenges ahead."

 

At this point, he also mentioned the transforming impact of technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, cloud computing and robotics for the hydroponic cultivation of strawberries or the automation of the harvest.

 

Other "big challenges" are the transition to the circular economy model and the bioeconomy to ensure food sustainability. Investing in genetic improvement is also considered important.

 

Lastly, Sánchez Haro has also been firm regarding the complaints of sexual harassment of seasonal workers and has highlighted the "sector's transparency and commitment" to prevent and prosecute demeaning actions against female workers.


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