With the coming of summer and the World Cup, a wave of crayfish (or Xiaolongxia) sales is coming in China. Crayfish are not just a staple in the restaurant and catering industries but have also become a route to development for some rural counties. According to a report on the state of the industry, the top producers in China are Hubei's Jianli (county), Honghu (city), and Qianjiang (city), all along the Hanshui and Yangtze Rivers.
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The Jianli County Aquatic Produce Council says that the value of crayfish and related value-added products from the county topped 5 billion yuan (US$780 million) in 2017, and plans for expansion should take this to 15 billion yuan (approx. US$2.33 billion) in three years.
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