Taiwan farmers attend Beijing trade fair
By Cao Desheng (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-10-18 06:03
Because there are no direct links across the Taiwan Straits, fruit and other
farm produce cannot be delivered directly from Taiwan to Beijing or other
"We hope the mainland and Taiwan can have a system allowing farm produce to
enter the mainland more quickly to ensure their quality and reduce transport
costs," Wang said.
Since the 1980s, exchanges in agricultural sector between Taiwan and the
mainland have been on the rise despite restrictions.
Last year, the Chinese mainland became the fourth export target of Taiwan's
farm produce, with US$292 million in export volume, up 66 per cent, according to
agriculture authorities in Taiwan.
By the end of last year, about 5,000 Taiwan-invested farm companies had
invested on the mainland, with investment totalling US$3 billion.
Business increased following visits to the mainland by Taiwan's former
chairman of the Chinese Kuomintang party Lien Chan and the chairman of the
People First Party James Soong, who reached a series of consensus on
cross-Straits relations with Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Communist Party
In May, the mainland announced it would grant more access to Taiwan fruit,
from 12 to 18 species, and offer zero tariffs on at least 15 types of fruit.
The mainland will make more efforts to ease the import of farm produce,
including in customs clearance and quarantine, said Yu Yongxiong, director of
the Taiwan Affairs Office under the Ministry of Agriculture, at a press
"The trade fair will be a good platform for farmers across the Straits to
promote exchanges and co-operation so as to achieve a win-win outcome."
(China Daily 10/18/2005 page3)