Grouper farmer calls on DPP not to reel in industry's growth after ECFA
The China Post news staffThe China Post news staff--A leading grouper farmer yesterday called for chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) not to throw cold water on the local grouper farming industry, which has gained momentum since being among the “early harvest” list of industries under the cross-strait economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) that took effect on Jan. 1 this year.
September 8, 2011, 12:01 am TWN
Dai Kuen-tsai, chairman of Long Diann Marine Bio Technology, issued the call when receiving a visiting delegation headed by Chairman P.K. Chiang of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF). Chiang's delegation visited Dai's aquaculture farms located in the seaside township of Fangliao of the southern county of Pingtung, as part of their itineraries designed to inspect the performance of the early-harvest industries subject to preferential tariff rates on their shipments to mainland China.
Dai said that the local grouper farming industry has benefited greatly from the ECFA, as the grouper export price has shot up to NT$320 per catty, the highest since he started to engage in the aquaculture sector over 10 years ago, as a result of great demand from mainland China.
Under the ECFA, the tariff rate on grouper exports to mainland China has been cut to 5 percent from 10.5 percent in the first implementation year of ECFA, and will be reduced further to zero in 2012, when mainland Chinese consumers can enjoy cheaper groupers, according to Dai.
At the moment, Dai continued, up to 80 percent of grouper farmers are DPP supporters, but they have kept silent after benefiting from the ECFA. What's worse is that the DPP intentionally claimed that the ruling Kuomintang has spent heavily buying groupers and then given them away to mainland China.
Chairman Dai Kuen-tsai of the Long Diann Marine Bio Tech poses with a Giant Grouper raised at his firm's aquaculture farms. He said both sides of the Taiwan Straits have benefited ...