Taiwan will soon start exporting pineapples, one of its main food crops to Australia after being given a thumbs-up for shipments to commence in an Australian government Department of Agriculture (DoA) online post earlier in the week.
A statement by Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (CoA) confirmed the deal.
Taiwan already exports pineapples across the globe to 16 nations including Canada, Japan, Russia and South Korea.
Cracking the Australian market for pineapple imports is thus being seen as a major accomplishment in Taipei with President Tsai Ing-wen taking to Twitter yesterday evening in saying she was “Delighted to share that pineapples from Taiwan will soon be available in Australia”
Reports suggest that the agricultural authorities of both Taiwan and Australia have included pineapples in trade talks for much of the past five years after a 2015, application by Taiwan’s CoA to this end, and quality checks have been ongoing since 2017, with DoA officials visiting Taiwan.
As of 2019, Taiwan’s home-grown pineapple production stood at 430,000 metric tons per annum, with around 50,000 metric tons grown for export, subsequently bringing in US $60 million.