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CHARITY

Cleft lip program launched

Several organizations have launched a program to allow 150 Vietnamese with cleft lips or cleft palates to be treated free of cost at a hospital in their home country, said the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation, which is leading the effort. The patients are to receive reconstructive surgery at Odonto Maxillo Facial Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City and the costs will be met under the financial program, a spokesman for the foundation said, adding that an education foundation in Taiwan and the hospital will also assemble a medical team to provide long-term care to impoverished patients with oral birth defects in the city. The foundation said it hopes the program will not only provide surgical intervention for Vietnamese patients, but will also offer an opportunity for Vietnamese doctors to learn from Taiwanese specialists.

TRADE

Rice exports to rise

Taiwan will export more rice this year than last year after securing orders through China’s lunchbox market, according to the Council of Agriculture. Chinese consumers can now enjoy rice grown in Taiwan as the Changhua-based Ting Hsin International Group has decided to sell lunchboxes using the 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 council’s Agriculture and Food Agency said. Exports of the crop have increased substantially over the past four years, rising from 1,459 metric tonnes in 2010 to 2,718 tonnes last year, the agency said. During the first four months of this year, Taiwan exported 954 tonnes of rice. The nation now produces about 1.3 million tonnes of rice annually, the agency said.

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