China’s ban on the import of pomelos from Taiwan will not really impact the domestic market for the fruit, said Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung last week. Over the past year, Beijing has banned a range of food products from Taiwan. As United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei on Aug. 2 and 3, China not only launched intensive military manoeuvres, but also expanded its ban on the import of agricultural products.
However, regarding pomelos Chen did not expect any problems with either supply or pricing. China’s boycott should not be an excuse for buyers to demand a lower price from pomelo growers, the top agriculture official said. He pointed out that this year’s harvest of 70,000 tons will be 10% lower than last year’s, with the difference amounting to a full year of exports.
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