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Pecan industry could bring more jobs to South Georgia

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Experts say South Georgia's growing pecan industry will create more jobs.

Many growers started planting as many new trees as possible in the last 5 years because of a huge growth in exports to China.

A recent decision by China to lower their tariff on pecans from 24 percent to 10 percent should open that market even more.

A UGA horticulturist said that will be good for all of southwest Georgia.

"Anytime that crop does well the whole economy surrounding that crop does well. So, that would open up more jobs in the industry not just on the farm but also in the support industries as well.with farm equipment,” said Lenny Wells, UGA Extension Horticulturalist Pecans.

Wells said demand in China has also driven up the price of pecans which is also good for south Georgia growers.

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