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Taiwan soybeans poised to break into Japan market

TAIPEI -- An aromatic variety of vegetable soybeans developed in Taiwan is preparing to hit the market in Japan, where a local agriculture expert says the crop could take root among consumers.

Dubbed Kaohsiung No. 11, the edible young soybeans are infused with the aroma of taro roots and have a higher production rate of 25 percent more than other varieties, according to Chou Kuo-lung, an associate researcher at the Kaohsiung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station.

Taiwan started trial sales in May and expects to export 1,000 metric tons of Kaohsiung No. 11 to Japan alone by April, he said.

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