Good har­vests

Month­long in­ter­na­tional mango fes­ti­val kicks off in Tainan

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The month­long In­ter­na­tional Mango Fes­ti­val kicked off Satur­day in Tainan, south­ern Tai­wan.

At one of the ma­jor venues of the fes­ti­val — Tsou Ma Lai Farm ( ) — peo­ple were lin­ing up for a cup of mango ice.

Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said at the fes­ti­val that Tainan has around 6,580 hectares, or 54 per­cent of the na­tion’s to­tal mango area, given over to the fruit.

In terms of mango plant­ing ar­eas and pro­duc­tion vol­ume, Tainan is the big­gest, Lai said. Thanks to the plum rains in May, pro­duc­tion has in­creased by 10 per­cent over last year to reach 82,000 met­ric tons.

The Tai­wan Ex­ter­nal Trade De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil ( TAITRA) said there have been 33 over­seas large-scale mango buy­ers over the past two years, cre­at­ing busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties worth US$3 mil­lion.

Nine­teen traders from nine coun­tries, in­clud­ing Sin­ga­pore, Canada, Malaysia, In­done­sia, Hong Kong, South Korea, China and Bahrain, as well as the United Arab Emi­rates, have come to Tainan this year to dis­cuss the pur­chase of man­goes both fresh and pro­cessed, TAITRA said.

The Tainan city gov­ern­ment said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s Ir­win man­goes mostly go to Ja­pan, South Korea, Sin­ga­pore, Hong Kong and China, with to­tal ex­ports amount­ing to around 6,438 met­ric tons and a pro­duc­tion value of NT$520 mil­lion (US$16,77 mil­lion) last year.

CNA

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou, cen­ter, takes a look at the crops cul­ti­vated by Chang Chichieh, right, on an or­ganic rice field in Miaoli yesterday. Chang’s field has been lauded as a suc­cess­ful case in a pro­gram spon­sored by the Coun­cil of Agri­cul­ture to en­cour­age young peo­ple to be­come farm­ers.

CNA

Peo­ple line up wait­ing to be served man­goes with ice at the Tsou-Ma-Lai Farm in Tainan yesterday. It was the open­ing day of the month-long Tainan In­ter­na­tional Mango Fes­ti­val, which co­in­cides with Tai­wan’s mango sea­son. Tai­wan’s mango ex­ports amounted to 6,438 met­ric tons with a value of more than US$17 mil­lion in 2014, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers of the fes­ti­val.

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