The devastating earthquake that struck China’s southern Sichuan province last week has spared the region's fruit production, according to leading marketers.
Kiwifruit plantations close to the epicentre have been largely unaffected, Liu Binwu, chairman of Yuwang Ecological Agriculture Co told Fruitnet. And citrus groves in Chongqing were also left relatively unscathed, Goldland Group’s Kevin Chen reported. Citrus plantations in Hanzhong may be slightly damaged, however.
"We felt the building shake," said Yang Jun, chairman of Kiwifruit Branch of China Fruits Marketing Association, speaking from Shaanxi. "Miraculously there are no casualties reported here. The quake hasn’t damaged our kiwifruit crop, although citrus plantations in Hanzhong, south of Shaanxi, might be impacted, but not seriously."
Authorities expect the final death toll from the earthquake to exceed 50,000.