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Taiwan expected to export more rice in 2014
Central News Agency
2014-06-02 01:38 PM
Taipei, June 2 (CNA) Taiwan will export more rice in 2014 compared with last year after securing orders through China's lunchbox market, according to the Council of Agriculture (COA). Chinese consumers can now enjoy rice grown in Taiwan as the Changhua-based Ting Hsin International Group has decided to sell lunchboxes using the island's rice through their 800 Family Mart convenience stores in China. Taiwan used to export rice to China in small packages only, and Ting Hsin's move is likely to boost the country's rice exports there, the COA's Agriculture and Food Agency said in a recent statement. "Such marketing and cooperation can also build up the fame and popularity of Taiwan-grown rice," the statement said. Exports of the crop have increased substantially over the past four years, rising from 1,459 metric tons in 2010 to 2,718 metric tons in 2013, the agency said. During the first four months of this year, Taiwan exported 954 metric tons of rice. Taiwan now produces some 1.3 million metric tons of rice annually, the agency said. China, Hong Kong and Australia are among the country's major rice export destinations, along with Japan, North America and the European Union, according to the agency. (By James Lee)
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