Yesterday, Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung said that the Executive Yuan has budgeted NT$1 billion (US$31.99 million) to improve crop delivery by building integrated cooling facilities. Building cooling systems to keep crops fresh after long-distance delivery is one of the council’s priorities in the coming years, he said, adding that he and other council officials have inspected 50 to 60 potential venues.
Premier Su Tseng-chang approved a NT$1 billion budget to build the systems nationwide over the next five years, Chen said. The construction of three major cooling logistics centers in Taoyuan, as well as in Changhua and Pingtung counties, would be completed by next year, Chen said in July.
The council is also aiming to boost agricultural exports, especially after they last year reached a 20-year high of US$5.47 billion, he said. Total agricultural export revenue this year is expected to be 10 percent higher than last year, he added.
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