China's WTO entry might affect citrus producers

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Experts at an international symposium on citrus said China's entry
into the World Trade Organization (WTO) will have a minimal impact
on Chinese citrus...

Experts at an international symposium on citrus said China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) will have a minimal impact on Chinese citrus producers, reports the Xinhua News Agency. David Hanlon, director of the Australia-based Resource Consulting Services Ltd., said increasing imports of fruits target different market segments and will not pose much threat on Chinese citrus producers. Chinese citrus producers supply the mass market, while imported fruits are limited to the top end of the market due to their relative higher prices, he added. China, the world's third-largest citrus producer behind the US and Brazil, produced 10.78 million tons of citrus fruits in 1999, about 14 times more than in 1980. However, according to Wu Houjiu, deputy director of the Citrus Research Institute under the Chinese Academy of Agriculture, the citrus processing industry may face challenges when China enters the WTO, and orange juice producers may be affected the most. Chinese orange juice producers have developed slowly due to the high production cost and unsuitable local strains of oranges, Wu said. The volume of imported citrus juice, as a result, is currently 10 times the domestic output. Meanwhile, the potential Chinese market remains rosy for citrus product suppliers, as China's annual per capita orange juice consumption is estimated to rise from 0.1 litres to about 2-3 litres in the next 10-20 years, Wu said. The total amount will be up to three million tons by that time, he said. Source : Xinhua News Agency

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