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Plumping up shrivelled market for France's famed prunes

Vincent Lapierre, a prune producer, walking amongst blooming plum trees at the Ferrusac estate in Saint-Maurin, France.


FRANCE'S famous Agen prunes have seen their market share shrivel in recent years under pressure from Chilean growers, but local farmers have ploughed money into modern methods in a bid to save their plums.

The rolling valleys in the Lot-et-Garonne region of southwest France