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article imageWatermelons a business opportunity for developing countries?

By Gibril Koroma     Aug 3, 2011 in Food
A debilitating shortage of watermelons in Japan might just be one golden opportunity poor developing countries need to make some much needed cash.
The Japan Times today reports that there is a severe shortage of watermelons in the country thus kicking prices into the sky. But then watermelons are in abundance in many poor countries in Africa and Asia. This might just be a huge business opportunity for those countries.
In many African countries watermelons and other agricultural products usually rot in farms due to poor or even unavailable transportation facilities. The watermelon is said to have originated in Africa centuries ago and then brought to North America in the 16th century. China is one of the biggest producers of watermelons in the world today.
The watermelon is much loved in many parts of the world. In North America it's usually eaten during joyous occasions like the 4th of July in the United States of America. It's also very popular in neighbouring Canada.
That's not all. Although 92 percent of it is water, the watermelon also contains many nutrients like vitamin C that have health-enhancing properties.
An article in Science Daily has also proclaimed that the watermelon helps to control cardio-vascular illnesses and, surprise, surprise, that it has Viagra-like qualities. No wonder its price is going up in Japan.
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