Taipei, March 20 (CNA) A total of NT$10.01 billion (US$318 million) in export orders for horticultural products was received at the recent 2015 Taiwan International Orchid Show, held from March 7-16 in Tainan, according to the local government. That represents an increase of NT$480 million from the previous year, and is the first time export orders at the annual orchid trade show have passed the NT$10 billion mark, Deputy Tainan Mayor Yen Chun-tso (???) said in a presentation of the trade show's results on Friday. The annual Tainan orchid show is one of the world's top three orchid exhibitions, generating substantial economic revenues for Taiwan, Yen said. "One out of every six orchids produced around the world comes from Tainan," he added.
In Friday's presentation, Su Mao-hsiang (???), chief secretary at the Agriculture and Food Agency under the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture, said the volume of export orders received has increased annually, leading to year-on-year growth in the export of Taiwan-grown orchids. Orchid exports reached US$183.5 million last year, up 10 percent from the previous year, he said, attributing the growth to the international orchid show. The trade show was jointly organized by Tainan city government and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council. The show also successfully promoted the development of cultural and creative industry, tourism, biotech and the sector producing high quality agricultural products in Tainan, the deputy mayor added, with orders for cultural and biotech related products valued at NT$3.8 million, up 18 percent from 2014. (By Yang Sz-ruei and Elizabeth Hsu)