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Canada's golden crop boom devastated by main HK buyer

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Hang Fat grew to dominate the American ginseng trade, buying as much as 70% of Ontario's crop in recent years. But last year, the company suddenly stopped making payments.

Hong Kong

PETER VanBerlo has C$2.5 million (S$2.67 million) worth of premium North American ginseng in 546 plastic-wrapped boxes, just waiting to be shipped to China. And waiting, and waiting.

His September harvest of the beige, gnarled roots (popular in China for their purported