Grapes grown in Changhua make a grab for Middle East
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.