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Mainland sales, Chinese festival to bring juicy sales for pomelo farmers

The China Post news staff--This year, pomelo farmers made the right decision as they decided not to pick their fruit before Typhoon Tembin made landfall.

Now, after the typhoon brought minimal damage, the farmers are preparing to make the most of a great harvest.

Pomelo farmers are expecting to see big sales for their pomelos, as Chinese people in Taiwan and around the world celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival), one of the largest festivals on the lunar Chinese calendar.

One local farmer, surnamed Zheng, said that ripe pomelos are usually picked around September. This year, the extended duration of the harvest time may help farmers increase sales of pomelos, he added.

According to Donghe Township Office, (東河鄉公所) this year's pomelo output is forecast to exceed 300,000 catties (180,000 kilograms). The general public may call the Donghe Townshp Office or their local farmers' association to ask for details about home delivery.

As Tembin did not bring severe damage to Douliou County, about 13,500 catties (8,100 kilograms) of Douliou pomelos have been packaged for sale in mainland China. Local dealers stated they will deliver another 10,000 catties (6,000 kilograms) next week.

Taiwanese businessman Li Tsang-chi (李倉期) said that Yunlin's agricultural products have always been his top priority while importing Taiwanese fruits. He added that although mainland consumers may not know where Yunlin County is, the region's tasty pomelos have successfully won shoppers' hearts, especially with their arrival just in time for Mid-Autumn Festival.

Douliou Mayor Hsieh Shu-ya (謝淑亞) indicated that the first package of Taiwanese pomelos shows that Taiwan has the qualifications needed to compete in the global market. She added that local government will keep helping pomelo farmers explore new markets to increase sales performance.

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Douliou City Mayor Hsieh Shu-ya (謝淑亞), center, and two Taiwanese businessmen pose in front of a truckload of pomelos, yesterday. As Typhoon Tembin did not bring severe damage to Yunlin County, a total of 13,500 catties (8,100 kilograms) of pomelos have been packaged for sale in mainland China. Local dealers stated they will deliver another 10,000 catties (6,000 kilograms) next week.

(CNA)

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