World Kiwifruit Conference to take place in Shaanxi, China
The kiwifruit industry in China's northern Shaanxi province aims to establish itslef as a global capital for the potassium-rich crop, incidentally formerly known as the "Chinese gooseberry".
The China Daily has reported the World Kiwifruit Conference will be held in the province's Meixian county from Oct 13-15, celebrating a region that produces a whopping 1.3 million metric tons (MT) each year, making it the most concentrated planted area for kiwifruit in the world.
"Out of every three kiwifruits, one is produced in Shaanxi province," Wen Yinxue, Party chief of the agriculture department of Shaanxi province, was quoted as saying during a press conference held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday.
"To market Shaanxi's kiwifruit industry, it is decided that the World Kiwifruit Conference will be held in this province," the official was quoted as saying.
The story reported the conference would have 10 activities, including an academic seminar and an export forum.
In addition, it is expected that a strategic cooperation agreement on kiwifruit technology will be signed by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, New Zealand's Zespri Group Limited, Northwest A&F University and the Shaanxi Fruits Bureau.