Agriculture-dependent counties in Taiwan, including Yunlin, Hualien and Taitung, have urged the central government to provide practical policies to resolve the issue of Chinese bans on Taiwanese agriculture products.
Legislator Fu Kun-chi said China has since September last year imposed bans on Taiwanese pineapples, custard apples, wax apples and groupers. Then, a visit by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi early this month led to further bans on Taiwanese citrus fruits and other products.
Yunlin County Commissioner Chang Li-shan urged President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration to resolve Taiwan’s inability to export the products to China, saying the situation has affected the local market and made farmers anxious.
In 2015, 85 percent of Taiwanese fruits and produce were exported to China, but only 41 percent were shipped to China last year and only 3 percent this year, Chen said, adding that the council has been working hard to scale down Taiwan’s dependence on a single market.
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