Taiwan and Japan are seeking to step up reciprocal promotion of fresh agricultural products, underscoring the two countries’ commitment to deepening agricultural ties, Taiwan’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) said on Tuesday.

Agriculture Minister Chen Junne-jih said Taiwan and Japan enjoy long-standing agricultural collaboration involving both the public and private sectors. He added that cross-border introduction and marketing of agricultural products reflects a new model of cooperation.

Chen made the remarks when he received Kazuyuki Katayama, chief representative of the Taipei Office of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA), in Taipei on July 1. The minister thanked Katayama for his role in facilitating the approval of imports of red dragon fruit grown in Taiwan on June 5.

Taiwan-Japan Summer Fruit Festival moves to southern Taiwan

The Taiwan-Japan Summer Fruit Festival, organized by the JTEA and the Taipei-based General Association of Chinese Culture, has been held in the capital for two consecutive years, the MOA said. This year’s event will take place from Aug. 24 to 25 at the Pier-2 Art Center in Kaohsiung City with the aim of boosting access for residents in southern Taiwan.

According to MOA statistics, Japan has become Taiwan’s top export destination for fresh fruit, with a total sales volume of over 17,876 tons and a value of over US$29 million. Bananas, dates, dragon fruit, lychees, pineapples and pomelos from Taiwan have already arrived in Japanese stores, the ministry said, adding that it is currently negotiating the export of mangoes.

Source: https://reporteasia.com/economia/comercio/2024/07/03/taiwan-japon-estrechan-lazos-agricolas/

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