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Kaohsiung official heads to Japan to promote fruit


A trade promotion group led by Kaohsiung Commissioner Yang Chiu-hsing (楊秋興) is slated to depart for Japan tomorrow, where it will help sell Kaohsiung's fine quality fruit and high technology to Japanese businesses through July 24.

Speaking at a news conference held Friday by the Kaohsiung County Government, Yang said that he is confident that such Kaohsiung-produced fruit as mangoes, lychees, pineapples, bananas and guavas will gain popularity overseas, as they are of the world's top quality. Although Japan imposes very stringent quarantine restrictions on foreign agricultural imports, Yang said that it is a lucrative market worth exploring.

In addition to bananas, which have already entered the Japanese market, Yang said that his county is planning to export 500 tonnes of papayas to Japan this year. A papaya from Kaohsiung could be sold for as much as ?2,000 (NT$500) in Japan, he said.

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