On Friday August 28, a ceremony was held in Tainan, celebrating the resumption of Taiwan-cultivated pomelo exports to Japan after a 20-year hiatus.
Some 11 tons of the citrus fruit will be transported to the Taichung branch of the Taiwan Provincial Fruit Marketing Cooperative for 12-day, low-temperature insect pest control. Then it will be shipped to Tokyo in mid-September.
Image: Tainan City Government
As reported on taiwannews.com.tw¸ 100 of the 3,600 boxes of pomelos will be donated to Japanese schools as a gesture of goodwill. Officials from the representative office of Ibaraki’s Kasama City in Taiwan noted it will run a campaign to promote Taiwan-produced pomelos, mark the occasion and help boost sales.
According to Tainan's Agriculture Bureau in the southern Taiwan city, China is the biggest export market for the country’s pomelos, accounting for 89 percent in 2019 and 71 percent so far this year. The island has sought to increase pomelo exports to Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore, and Japan in order to reduce reliance on China and diversify the market.