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Taiwan looks to export sugar apples to Japan

Taiwan hopes to obtain a permit to export sugar apples to Japan by the end of this year. The Council of Agriculture has applied for the permit as part of its efforts to diversify Taiwan’s export markets after Beijing banned imports of sugar apples, wax apples and pineapples from Taiwan.

Agricultural officials started to focus on Japan as a potential market after Taiwanese pineapples were received well by local consumers, while Singapore is another possible market. Taiwanese researchers have developed a proprietary flash-freezing technology especially to export sugar apples, the bureau said, adding that the technology is being released to the private sector.

The council has filed an application to export fresh and frozen sugar apples, and is awaiting approval, it said. The bureau has sent documents regarding produce certificates and pest and disease control to its Japanese counterpart.


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