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Taiwan officials take measures to boost vegetable trade

Taiwanese markets nationwide have been asked to help promote vegetables so that their supply and prices stabilize, said Council of Agriculture Deputy Minister, Chen Chi-chung yesterday. His statement followed a plunge in vegetable prices due to market closures in Taipei.

The city’s fruit and vegetable wholesale markets closed from February 16 to 20 for the Lunar New Year holiday and from February 24 to 26 for the nativity of the King of Heaven. When they reopened on the 27th, media reported vegetable stockpiles and collapsed prices.

Making matters worse, the markets again closed yesterday to reopen only tomorrow for the Lantern Festival, celebrated on the 15th day of the lunar year.

It is unprecedented that the city’s wholesale markets were closed for two three-day periods over such a short period, in addition to the Lunar New Year holiday, Chen said, adding that the decision was made by the Taipei Market Administration Office. reports on a surging demand for vegetables in Japan, following bad weather that has affected harvests, the agency has exported 1,100 tonnes of vegetables to that country. An additional 2,300 tonnes are to be exported at a later date.

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