Techniques of raising Chinese mitten crabs in Taiwan improving
Central News Agency
2013-07-22 11:29 PM
Taipei, July 22 (CNA) The techniques of raising Chinese mitten crabs and the quality of the crabs in Miaoli County have been improving over the years under a cooperative program with China, county Magistrate Liu Cheng-hung said Monday. Since the program began in 2012, the county in northern Taiwan has imported baby crabs from China, with experts from the mainland's Shanghai Ocean University coming to Taiwan to help local crab farmers learn the craft of raising the crabs. In the second year of the program, Miaoli imported 800,000 crablets for its 103 crab farmers, according to the county government. The county has 45 hectares of crab pools, said Liu during a visit to crab pools in the county. He added that he was thankful for the assistance from Shanghai Ocean University. Accompanying Liu was visiting Shanghai Ocean University President Pan Yingjie. Pan also described the techniques of raising Chinese mitten crabs in Miaoli this year as much better than last year. The biggest Chinese mitten crabs in the county may weigh as much as 412.5 grams, compared with some 337.5 grams last year, said a Shanghai Ocean University professor. Chinese mitten crabs are considered a delicacy in both Taiwan and China. (By Kuan Jui-pin and Elaine Hou)
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