Monthlong international mango festival kicks off in Tainan
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.
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.
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.