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Taiwan enjoyed 36% growth in grouper exports in 2012

Taiwan enjoyed 36% growth in grouper exports in 2012

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) Taiwan's agricultural exports did well in 2012, thanks to a surge in the export of groupers from local fish farms, according to a report released Monday by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture (COA). Exports of Taiwan-bred groupers, a high-value fish species in many countries, reached US$165.94 million last year, recording a growth rate of 36 percent from the previous year, the report said. Most of the exported groupers were shipped to China, with the amount exported there reaching US$131.06 million in sales volume, marking an annual growth rate of 28 percent. Agriculture authorities attributed the popularity of Taiwan-bred groupers on the mainland to several factors, including that Taiwan controls key breeding skills and that Taiwan is an ideal place to breed the fish. The transport links between Taiwan and China, the opening for freighters carrying live fish from Taiwan to the mainland, and the signing of an economic cooperation framework agreement between Taiwan and China in 2010, also helped, they said. Under the agreement, China granted Taiwan tariff reductions or exemptions. The production value for groupers is expected to continue to increase in the future because local businesses have developed a rapid freezing technique that can freeze fish at the temperature of minus 70 Celsius degrees within three hours after they are caught, preserving the catches' freshness, the council said. It noted that the technique can help Taiwan open markets in farther away places such as the United States and Europe. According to the COA report, Taiwan's total agricultural exports reached US$5.04 billion in 2012, marking a growth of 8.1 percent from the previous year. Japan was the largest market of Taiwanese agricultural products, followed by China, Hong Kong and the United States, the report said. (By Lin Hui-chun and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-05-12 07:26 GMT+08:00