Cal­i­for­nia al­mond out­put to hit record

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS -

Cal­i­for­nia’s al­mond pro­duc­tion this year will be up 5.1 per­cent from that of last year’s to hit a record of 2.25 bil­lion pounds (1.02 mil­lion met­ric tons), ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by the US Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Sta­tis­tics Ser­vice. The forecast was based on a mea­sure­ment by the NASS car­ried out be­tween March 26 to June 23, with 1,704 trees sam­pled from 852 or­chards. Due to un­fa­vor­able weather, the av­er­age pro­duc­tion was es­ti­mated to be 7.2 per­cent lower year-on-year, at just over 5,700 al­monds per tree, the re­port said. But thanks to a rapid in­crease in new al­mond plant­ings, the over­all out­put of Cal­i­for­nia’s al­monds will still be much higher than last year, it said. Cal­i­for­nia pro­duces about 80 per­cent of the world’s al­mond sup­ply. Much of these al­monds are ex­ported, bring­ing in bil­lions of dol­lars in rev­enue for the state.

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