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Pomelo production to increase: COA

Pomelo production  to increase: COA

Taipei. Sept. 9 (CNA) The Council of Agriculture (COA) said Thursday that Taiwan's total output of pomelos this year is estimated to increase by 22 percent over last year and that the supply will meet seasonal demand over the Mid-Autumn festival since no serious crop damage occurred this year.
Chen Wen-te, director of the COA's Agriculture and Food Agency, said exports of the fruit will also increase from around 200 tons last year to 500 tons this year.
Over 5,000 hectares of land are given over to pomelos in Taiwan, with Hualien in eastern Taiwan and Tainan in the south the top two production areas, with 1,000 hectares and 900 hectares, respectively, of orchards.
"The sales volume to China has exceeded more than 150 tons this year already and more containers are ready to ship to other international markets ahead of the festival," he said.
In addition to China, Chen said, Chinese- speaking countries, such as Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as Chinese communities in Canada, are among the main export destinations.
Peng Tzu-nan, director-general of the Yusi Area Farmer's Association in Hualien County, said the export price of the fruit can reach NT$24 (US$0.7) per kilo -- slightly higher than the domestic price of NT$18 per kilo.
Pomelo is traditionally associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. It falls this year on Sept. 22.
(By Yang Shu-min and Maia Huang)

Updated : 2021-06-23 03:29 GMT+08:00