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Taiwan to export lychees to Australia by next year

TAIPEI--Taiwan will begin exporting lychees to Australia next year as part of efforts to expand the overseas market for the fruit, an agriculture official said yesterday.

“We've had some very positive responses from Australia after 10 years of effort,” said Rose Hsiou, deputy director-general of the Department of International Affairs under the Council of Agriculture.

Australian experts came to Taiwan earlier this month for on-the-ground inspections and such exports are “very likely” to be allowed by the next harvest season, she told CNA. The fruit is harvested mainly in June.

Taiwan currently exports lychees to China, Canada, Japan and Malaysia, with a total annual average of some 1,000 metric tons shipped, according to the council.

In addition to lychee exports, Taiwan and Australia are also planning further exchanges through mutual visits and workshops for farmers, Hsiou said.

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