China is the original place of chestnut, and chestnut cultivation has a history of more than 3000 years. Chestnut is also one of the earliest fruit trees domesticated and used in China, and it has spread all over the world. According to the statistics of the World Food and Agriculture Organization database, the total output of chestnut in the world in 2018 was 1.96 million tons, and China’s output accounted for 83.5% of the world. The data released by the conference that day showed that in 2019, China’s chestnut exports increased by 10.4% year-on-year, and exported to 43 countries and regions.
Until September, China also enters the chestnut harvest season. Regarding the production and sales of chestnut this year, Cao Derong said that the harvest market in China’s major chestnut producing areas is optimistic, but due to the impact of the post-epidemic period, there was still a small amount of chestnut stocks last year, and some companies worry that the epidemic will still occur this winter, which will affect it to a certain extent. The enthusiasm for receiving goods. “In the 2019 season, chestnut unsalable sales are mainly due to the backlog in the hands of enterprises, while in the 2020 season, chestnut backlogs may be in the hands of chestnut farmers.”
Cao Derong said that China will continue to focus on stabilizing the implementation of foreign trade policies, promote the diversification of export markets, actively expand imports, and promote the stability and quality of foreign trade. At the same time, it will take various measures to promote the export of chestnut and other agricultural products that encounter difficulties in export to domestic sales, and strengthen domestic purchases.
The 2020 China International Chestnut Conference hosted by the China Chamber of Commerce for Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Livestock Import and Export covers the domestic chestnut related industries and establishes contacts with major foreign trade and consumer countries of chestnut. On the same day, many international participants who were unable to come to China due to the epidemic expressed congratulations on the convening of the conference via video. Representatives of companies and trade associations from Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Italy, Kazakhstan, and South Africa said that the quality of Chinese chestnut meat is rich and sweet, and is loved by the people of the country. I hope to further strengthen cooperation with Chinese chestnut companies in the future.