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Taiwan's farm products get exposure in Singapore
Central News Agency
2014-07-04 10:41 PM
Singapore, July 4 (CNA) An eight-day fair featuring agricultural products from Taiwan kicked off at a Singaporean supermarket Friday. The fair, a collaboration between the Changhua County government and the Giant supermarket chain, was being held for the eighth year, with Jeffrey Yu, Giant's merchandise director, and Hsieh Fa-ta, Taiwan's representative to Singapore, cutting the ribbon. Three grape princesses selected in a Changhua Miss Grape Pageant earlier this year also performed aboriginal dances to add to the festive atmosphere. Mangoes, guavas, pears, grapes, pineapples, water bamboo, sweet potatoes and various kinds of mushrooms grown in Taiwan were on display. Exporters also introduced sweet potato roasting machines to give Singaporeans a taste of this popular Taiwanese snack. Yu said that since the festival was first launched in 2007, it has received a positive response from customers, and 18 types of produce from Taiwan were being offered this year. Hsieh said Taiwan exported US$96 million in agricultural products to Singapore in 2013, making it Taiwan's 11th biggest export market in the category. Taiwan's farm exports to Singapore totaled US$35 million in the first five months of this year. (By Lu Hsin-hui and Lilian Wu)
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