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Taiwan to begin exporting rice to China later this year

2012/06/25 21:04:14

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) Taiwanese rice is scheduled to hit the Chinese market in the second half of the year, an agricultural official said Monday.

Taiwan-grown rice will be ready to enter the Chinese market once the Council of Agriculture completes screening of local companies for product quality and issues export permits, said Fei Wen-chi, deputy director of the council's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine.

The screening procedure is necessary to ensure that only high quality rice is exported to China, she added.

Fei said the two sides are still in negotiations on the quantity of rice that will be exported to China, but Taiwan will set a ceiling.

"We will limit the export volume because we don't want our domestic supply to be affected," Fei said.

The council said in a statement Monday that it will cap its rice exports to other countries at 50,000 tons for the second half of the year, taking into consideration the business opportunities in the Chinese market and to ensure an adequate domestic supply.

China's Taiwan Affairs Office announced June 17 that China would allow imports of Taiwanese rice.

The Council of Agriculture said it would guide and assist local farmers in producing high-quality rice and in marketing their brands to distinguish them from cheaper Chinese rice.

(By Christie Chen)