ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia could get a huge economic boost from exporting peanuts to China.
The Executive Director of the Georgia Peanut Commission was on a trade mission in China last week.
Don Koehler said Chinese buyers want more Georgia peanuts.
He said Georgia growers could export a third of their crop to China within 5-years resulting in a half billion dollar economic impact on the state.
"I think the processors there fear whether they'll have enough peanuts at some point in time so they need to build relationships now with our peanut sellers and with the United States to get peanuts from us," said Don Koehler Georgia Peanut Commission, Executive Director.
Koehler said planting for this year's crop is a little behind schedule because of recent wet weather.
Only about one percent of the expected acreage is in the ground.
All peanuts should be planted within a month.