According to Yunlin County Magistrate Chang Li-shan, last Tuesday, the first Yunlin county-brokered shipment of 40 tons of honey tangerines was to be exported to Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province. The Yunlin County Government held a sealing ceremony for the two containers at the Yongchang Cooperative Farm in Gukeng Township.
At the event, Chang stated that the new export channel to China marks a new milestone for agriculture in Yunlin, which she hopes will help boost the income of local farmers and fruit growers.
The rich soil in Yunlin makes it the perfect location to grow honey tangerines, she said. The bright color, high quality and preservability of these sweet honey tangerines make them very popular in Taiwan.
The agricultural logistics distribution center established by Yunlin County farmers' association, will coordinate the expansion of agricultural exports, said the county magistrate. A third China-bound container of honey tangerines will be sent after Lunar New Year, she added.
According to Yunlin County Agriculture Department chief Chang Hung-yu, local tangerines have been exported to China before, but this is the first shipment brokered by Yunlin County. The agricultural logistics distribution center expects to sign a long-term cooperation memorandum with Sichuan's agricultural produce marketing agency.
Focustaiwan.tw reports how, located in the central-south area of western Taiwan, Yunlin is a top producer of honey tangerines. With a planting area of 426 hectares, Yunlin honey tangerines account for 25% of national honey tangerine production, Chang Hung-yu said.