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China production to increase
June 17, 2004

China's edible bean, pea and lentil production is forecast to reach 6 million metric tons (MMT) in 2004.

China publishes no official statistics of kidney bean acreage or output. According to trade sources, production during the 1990s ranked third in the world after India and Brazil. Total Chinese kidney bean acreage was estimated then at 600,000 hectares and production at 820,000 metric ton (MT). Most observers estimate current kidney bean production at almost 1 MMT centered largely in northeast and southwest China, and nationwide production is forecast to continue rising in the future.

Kidney bean planting and harvesting in China is labor intensive with little mechanization. Harvested products are primarily graded for export to the European market. In 2003, wet weather hurt crop quality in the key production regions of northeast China. Prices did not fall, however, as China's other grain prices climbed steadily during the last quarter of the year.

Strong export demand is the driving factor for increased pulse production during the past few years. Kidney and mung beans are the key pulses.

-- Source: GAIN report.


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