Grapes grown in Changhua make a grab for Mid­dle East

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The first batch of Ky­oho grapes grown in Changhua County was shipped to the Mid­dle East Mon­day as part of the county’s ef­forts to help ex­plore over­seas mar­kets for lo­cal farm­ers.

Changhua Mag­is­trate Wei Ming- ku, Sihu town­ship chief Yang Fu-chien and Sihu Farm­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of­fi­cials loaded the 300-kg grapes, des­tined for Dubai and Bahrain, to nearby trucks as a sym­bolic to­ken at a news con­fer­ence.

“Some 1,200 hectares of land in Changhua County are ded­i­cated to grape cul­ti­va­tion, ac­count­ing for 46 per­cent of the coun­try’s to­tal land used for grow­ing the fruit,” Wei said.

“As Sihu town­ship is the largest grape pro­duc­tion hub in Changhua County, the county gov­ern­ment is con­sid­er­ing set- ting up a grape-shaped land­mark in Sihu town­ship to un­der­line its im­por­tance as the ‘land of grapes’ to vis­i­tors,” he added.

Changhua grown grapes of the Ky­oho va­ri­ety are priced about NT$250 (US$8.12) per kg in the home mar­ket, but will sell at NT$600 per kg at su­per­mar­kets in Dubai and Bahrain, thus help­ing to in­crease rev­enue for lo­cal farm­ers, Changhua County’s Bureau of Agri­cul­ture said.

“We hope that this 300- kg ship­ment can serve as the touch­stone in our ef­forts to ex­plore for­eign mar­kets,” the bureau added.

Chen Chia-hsiu, manager of the Sihu Farm­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, said they also plan to help lo­cal grape farm­ers break into the main­land mar­ket and al­low Chi­nese con­sumers to taste the del­i­cacy.

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