Farmers in Taiwan’s Nantou County are lamenting the lack of inflation on their mandarin crops, which have seen reduced yields due to climate change.
As Taiwan enters mandarin orange season a little later than usual due to a lack of rain this year, farmers in Nantou County have noted that crop output has decreased over 30% (another estimate from Liberty Times in Guoxing Township puts the yield decrease at 40%). Yet, the price per jin (about 600 grams) remains between NT$100 and NT$130. In Changhua, the price is NT$100-180 per jin. The price range has remained relatively stable for the last 20 years, UDN reported.
Despite the late blooming season this year, Taiwan’s mandarin oranges are supposed to be of high quality through the new year. The lower rain accumulation this year has also helped produce sweeter mandarins. In addition, more non-native varieties have been entering the local market, and some consumers are buying imports.
The owner of Tianwei Phoenix Garden (彰化鳳凰花園) in Changhua told the media outlet that the weather has been fairly stable in recent years but the retail prices have declined. Meanwhile, the cost of planting and maintaining the crops has increased, cutting into farmers’ profits. He added that Taiwan produces between 1.5 million and 1.8 million bushels of mandarin oranges each year.