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Taiwanese army buys fruit to support local farmers

Taiwan’s Eighth Army Corps bought over 2 tons of fruit from local farmers above market prices, in a bid to support local fruit growers yesterday. Eighth Army purchasing agents bought bananas, papayas and pineapples, using some of the money the force was allocated as part of the Han Kuang military drills. NT$80,000 ($2,684) worth of fruit was bought at a fruit distribution centre Qishan District in Kaohsiung City.

At the moment, fruit prices are quite low. This causes local growers some serious stress. Despite the wholesale price of bananas being around NT$7-8 ($0.23-0.27) per kilogram, the army bought them for $NT20 ($0.67).


Eighth Army Corps soldiers taking delivery of the fruit

Hsieh Chich-chiang, the Head of the Meinong District farmer's cooperative, gave a heartfelt thank you to the army for buying the goods at reasonable price. Taiwannews.com.tw describes how the Army Corps is based in a Southern Taiwan fruit-growing area and wanted to support its community.

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