Taiwan calls for talks amid China’s politically driven pineapple ban

03-Mar-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Taiwan exported 97 percent of pineapples to China in 2020

Taiwan is urging China to respect the countries’ fruit inspection negotiation system after Beijing arbitrarily banned pineapple imports from Taiwan.

The ban, effective Monday (March 1), was announced on February 26 by the Chinese customs agency, allegedly over pest fears, sending shockwaves through Taiwan’s agricultural sector. The move has been interpreted as politically motivated and aimed to deal a blow to Taiwanese farmers.

Chiu Tai-san, minister of the Mainland Affairs Council, said Tuesday (March 2) on the sidelines of a legislative session that Taiwan will seek to resolve the issue through the established cross-strait negotiation system on fruit inspection, reported CNA.

Taiwan has rebutted China’s pest control claims, saying that 99.79 percent of the 6,200 shipments to China since last year have passed inspection criteria. While pests were found in 13 cases, the organisms can be removed using fumigation in compliance with international protocols.

Taiwan produces around 420,000 tonnes of pineapples per year on average. The export of the fruit accounted for 12 percent in 2019 of the total output and 10.8 percent in 2020, according to the Council of Agriculture (COA).

Taiwan relies heavily on the Chinese market for its pineapple exports. According to COA figures, a whopping 97 percent of Taiwan-grown pineapples were shipped to China in 2020, with Hong Kong and Japan accounting for a meager 1 and 2 percent, respectively.

Pineapple orders have flooded in from both the public and private sectors in Taiwan as a way of support, while President Tsai Ing-wen has mounted a global pineapple campaign to hammer home Taiwan’s struggle in the face of Chinese pressure.

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