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Taiwan farm products well received in Japan

2019/03/07 22:03:29

Photo courtesy of the Council of Agriculture

Taipei, March 7 (CNA) A delegation led by the Council of Agriculture (COA) to a recent international food and beverage expo in Japan took home orders worth billions of Taiwan dollars.

COA Minister Chen Chi-Chung (陳吉仲), who led the delegation to Tokyo from March 5-7, witnessed the signing of two trade deals between Taiwanese and Japanese companies.

One of the documents was a contract for Wismettac Group of Japan to purchase 9,000 tons of bananas from Taiwan over a three year period worth NT$430 million (US$13.85 million).

The second deal was a memorandum of understanding between Taiwanese company Mitagri and Japan's Funasho Shoji Group which aims to increase exports of bananas to Japan from 600 tons to 1,000 tons

The name Mitagri comes from MIT (Made in Taiwan) and AGRI (agriculture), Chen explained, adding that the company's mission is to develop more export channels for Taiwan's agricultural products.

According to the COA, Funasho Shoji Group is one of the new export channels.

The COA also announced deals on fish products worth NT$1.8 billion (US$58 million) over the past two days at the same food expo, including two orders involving tuna, tilapia, sea bass and sakura shrimp.

COA Department of International Affairs Deputy Director-General Lin Chia-jung (林家榮) said the fact Taiwan farm products received so many orders in Japan demonstrates that good quality Taiwan farm produce is much-loved by international consumers.

(By Yang Su-min and Emerson Lim)