The production of fruit and vegetables in Chinese greenhouses reaches its annual peak in April and May. The production capacity of large production areas increases as the weather warms at this time of year. Market demand is also strengthening around the same time. Beijing Hortipolaris director Xu Dan recently spoke about the company’s production and sales conditions.
Beijing Hortipolaris manufactures a number of products, including cherry tomatoes, strawberries and lettuce. Their main sales channels include high-end supermarkets as well as high-end restaurants in major cities across China.
“Our order volume is growing rapidly now that the domestic market is gradually recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, relatively inexpensive fruits and vegetables from open field farms are entering the market and creating fierce competition for greenhouse products. fruits and vegetables. The price is dropping now as the market supply increases. The price of our small tomatoes is 20% lower than in early March. However, the overall price point is still more or less the same as around the same time last year. “
“Our production facilities are all operating as usual and the sales volume in the retail market is much higher now than it was two months ago. Nevertheless, certain limits are imposed on us by the external conditions. We generally use air freight to deliver our products. to places like Shanghai, but the number of flights is still quite low, which means the cost price per flight is much higher than usual. Our distribution cost price is three times higher than normal due to the limited number of flights. We are currently in contact with a number of distribution companies to see if we can find an alternative method that helps us keep the cost price low, ”explained Director Xu.
“Our overseas suppliers are also facing export issues now that the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming more and more intense. We mainly import coconut husks from India and Sri Lanka for use in hydroponic vegetable production. However, India has closed borders and limited export. We have ordered coconut husks in March, but this order will not be delivered until June at the earliest. In addition to coconut husks, we also import coconut seeds. our small tomatoes from Europe. Import from Europe still works as usual, but the number of ships is smaller than before and the shipping cost is almost 50% higher than normal. European suppliers have advised their customers to order in advance and avoid uncertainty in the export market in the coming weeks, ”said Director Xu.
Beijing Hortipolaris has 3.3 hectares of adjoining greenhouses in Miyun, Beijing. “Although the cost of joint greenhouses is much higher than that of glass or plastic sheeting greenhouses, and it takes a long time before the initial investment is recouped, joint greenhouses also guarantee a high degree of stability and standardization of production. The contiguous greenhouses continue production even if there is a labor shortage or insufficient sunlight. In addition, the attached greenhouses ensure a quick supply of various types of fruits and vegetables, which is more than useful in an emergency, ”said Director Xu. “The Beijing municipal government is also planning to encourage the use of contiguous greenhouses. We wholeheartedly support this initiative.
For more information:
Beijing Hortipolaris Co., Ltd.
Phone. : +86 138 1022 2990