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Taiwan looks to sell local fish in Shanghai, Tianjin
Central News Agency
2013-05-03 10:25 PM
Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Wholesale prices for grouper have dropped close to their cost, prompting Taiwanese grouper farmers to look for higher value niches by sending live fish to sell in Shanghai and Tianjin in China, an industry insider said Friday. The Council of Agriculture's Fisheries Agency held a press conference Friday to promote the fish at home after the previously lucrative China market has turned much less friendly to Taiwanese imports as prices there tumble. Lin Chi-chang, secretary general of Taiwan's National Fishermen's Association, said grouper has been one of the most popular fish varieties raised in Taiwan to be exported to China, with wholesale prices there ranging between NT$350 (US$11.83) and NT$400 per kilogram and rising as high as NT$500 in the recent past. This year, however, prices have dropped to about NT$250-NT$280 per kilo after China began breeding the species on its own, Lin said. More than 20,000 tons of the fish has been raised this year in Taiwan, compared with 15,000 tons last year, and about three-quarters of that is for export, Lin said. To expand sales and deal with the increased production, the association has asked the COA to help it sell grouper in Shanghai and Tianjin, markets that it believes have a lot of potential. The association is also trying to increase sales in the domestic market as well as in Hong Kong and Japan through supermarkets. (By Yang Su-min and Y.L. Kao)
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