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Freshwater Crab Farmers Begin Harvest


On September 23, 2017, freshwater crab farmers on Yangcheng Lake, known for producing China’s best freshwater crabs, began their 2017 harvest, estimated at 1,200 metric tons.


Crab is considered a must for family dinners during China’s Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on October 4 this year.


Ma Gang, Deputy Head of the Agricultural Department in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, where Yangcheng Lake is located, said the crab farming area in the lake was cut in half to 1,066 hectares this year to ensure better water quality.  He added, “The Yangcheng crabs could be much bigger than before.”


Crab traders said this year’s crab price would be more than 15 percent higher than last year.  The wholesale price for female crabs that have roe is set at $30 for a 0.5-kilogram crab (about one pound)!


Chinese people have a custom of eating crabs in the autumn when the meat is at its best.  The tradition can be traced back to the Han Dynasty (BC 202-220).


Crab is considered auspicious as the Chinese pronunciation of crab is “Xie,” meaning “thanks”.


Source:  Freshwater Crabs Destined for China’s Festive Table.  Liuxin.  September 23, 2017.

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