Agricultural products may not be the first thing to come to mind when considering exports from Taiwan’s southern city of Kaohsiung. But the city and its surrounding regions specialize in fruits and vegetables for overseas markets. The primary exports include pineapple, guava, banana, wax apples, jujube, and papaya.
Kaohsiung’s Agriculture Bureau Director Wu Fang-ming (吳芳銘) said that the city’s agricultural exports, excluding fishery products, have increased from the previous year. As of the end of April, Kaohsiung exported 7190 tons of produce, with a total value of NT$201.53 million (US$6.47 million), exceeding the total for all of 2018. Last year, the city exported 6122 tons of produce.
Pineapple accounted for the largest proportion of the exports. Out of the 7190 tons of agricultural products exported, 5306.7 tons were pineapple, which was valued at NT$134.15 million (US$4.3 million).
The main export markets for Kaohsiung’s agricultural products were China, Japan, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, and the Middle East.