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Taiwan: White paper urges drastic plans on greenhouse gas (65)  2019-06-07
cademia Sinica yesterday released a white paper urging authorities to adopt more drastic plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions and draft climate change legislation. The drafting of the white paper, “Taiwan Deep Decarbonization Policy,” started in 2015 and took more than three years t..
Taiwan: Agricultural losses from heavy rain reach NT$80 million (121)  2019-05-30 (1297)
Taipei, May 30 (CNA) Agricultural losses from several days of heavy rain have reached NT$80 million (US$2.53 million), Council of Agriculture (COA) chief Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said Thursday. Chen told reporters that Kaohsiung and Pingtung in southern Taiwan suffered the heaviest losses at NT..
Taiwan: An Industry First and a Steady Source of Income for Fishermen: Individually Frozen and Glazed Sakura Shrimp (53)  2019-05-28
The AGTECH Program was initiated in 2007 by the Council of Agriculture (COA) under the Executive Yuan, and it has already subsidized many companies for various successful R&D achievements and subsequent transition to commercialization. Among these companies is Fortune Life Enterprise Co., Ltd., ..
New Southbound Policy bearing fruit, says Taiwan trade office (55)  2019-05-23
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The number of people from “New Southbound” countries residing in Taiwan has increased by 60 percent since 2016, according to the Executive Yuan’s Office of Trade Negotiations. The office said on Thursday afternoon (May 23) that the government’s..
Taiwan, the Philippines to set up demonstration sites for agricultural exchanges (41)  2019-05-16 (1265)
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The 7th Taiwan-Philippines Agricultural Meeting took place in Taipei on May 14, during which the two sides discussed a broad range of agricultural topics and sought ways to increase bilateral cooperation in agriculture and fisheries technologies. According to the Coun..
Taiwan: Quarantine bureau on guard against fall armyworm (31)  2019-05-14
Taiwan’s quarantine bureau is on alert against the fall armyworm, an invasive insect that devastates crops. Since reaching Asia in 2018, the fall armyworm has spread through southern and southwestern China. Should the insects make it across the Taiwan Strait, the consequences for Tai..
Next invasion of Taiwan from China could be fall armyworm (28)  2019-05-14
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In addition to fears of the spread of African swine fever, a new scourge from China could soon be threatening the livelihood of Taiwanese farmers, the fall armyworm. The fall armyworm (FAW), which looks similar to the tobacco cutworm, but is a more serious threat, has rece..
Taiwan to be foot-and-mouth-disease-free next year: Council of Agriculture (33)  2019-05-06
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Executive Yuan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) announced on Monday (May 6) that Taiwan has successfully eradicated the foot and mouth disease (FMD). After 23 years of combatting FMD, Taiwan has finally been able to claim itself free from the epidemic, said CO..
Taiwan signs cooperation agreement with Vietnam on demonstration center for seedling production, encouraging bilateral germplasm exchange and opening up export opportunities for Taiwanese agricultural equipment. (34)  2019-04-28
As part of the implementation of the Agricultural New Southbound Policy and the promotion of regional agricultural development, today (April 25) in Vietnam, the Chiayi Agricultural Experiment Branch of the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) signed the “Agreement to Cooperate on a De..
Taiwan imports most pork from Canada, U.S. is No.4 supplier (43)  2019-04-25 (1259)
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan imported most of its pork in 2018 from Canada, while insisting it will maintain a ban on the presence of the lean-meat agent ractopamine in pork despite pressure from the United States, the island’s No.4 supplier. A delegation from the U.S. Department of Agricu..
Taiwan lychee harvest halved due to mild and dry winter (33)  2019-04-17
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan will produce less than half the normal amount of lychees for the first time in almost 50 years because the past winter was not cold and wet enough, reports said Wednesday (April 17). The Council of Agriculture (COA) said that only 20 percent of lychee and longan tree..
New Taipei and IFOAM promote healthy sustainable agriculture in Taiwan (29)  2019-03-30
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – New Taipei City in cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM Asia), held a youth seminar on March 29 to promote nutrition and organic farming practices. The seminar was entitled "Access to Markets: A Road to Sustainabili..
Dead pig found on beach in Kinmen confirmed infected with ASF (235)  2019-03-14
Taipei, March 14 (CNA) Test results conducted on a pig carcass discovered on a beach in the offshore county of Kinmen a day earlier came back positive for African swine fever (ASF), according to Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center for ASF Thursday. Samples taken from the carcass were ..
New luggage scanners installed at Taiwan airports in fight against ASF (213)  2019-03-13
Kaohsiung, March 13 (CNA) Two X-ray machines have been installed at Kaohsiung International Airport and one at Tainan Airport in southern Taiwan to facilitate scanning of all hand luggage brought into the country, as Taiwanese authorities step up their efforts to keep African swine fever (ASF) at ba..
Taoyuan, Marshall Islands sign MOU on agricultural exports (221)  2019-03-12
Taipei, March 12 (CNA) A memorandum of understanding (MOU) for promoting cooperation in exports of agricultural produce from Taoyuan to Taiwan ally the Marshall Islands was signed between a supplier and seller Tuesday, with nine tons of fruit and vegetables to be exported to the Pacific Ocean nation..
Taiwan: Farmers clinch NT$2.37bn of export orders in Japan (227)  2019-03-09
A national delegation of farmers has secured more than NT$2.37 billion (US$76.69 million) of orders at Foodex Japan, Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said at a news conference in Taipei yesterday. Chen has been involved in a spat with Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜)..
Taiwan: COA to allow in 450 Indonesians to deal with farm labor shortage (182)  2019-03-08
Taipei, March 8 (CNA) Taiwan will allow more than 400 Indonesian youths into the country next month to help ease Taiwan's farm labor shortage, Council of Agriculture (COA) chief Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said Friday. Speaking at a legislative hearing, Chen said that about 450 young Indonesia..
Agricultural losses in Taiwan top NT$600 million due to warm winter (186)  2019-03-06
Taipei, March 6 (CNA) Taiwan has recorded agricultural losses of nearly NT$600 million (US$19.45 million) in the past six weeks due to warmer than usual winter temperatures, with Kaohsiung the hardest hit, according to figures released by the Council of Agriculture (COA) Wednesday. The COA data s..
Taiwan: Han secures orders for Kaohsiung farm goods in Singapore, Malaysia (189)  2019-02-27
Taipei, Feb. 27 (CNA) Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) has secured orders worth hundreds of millions of Taiwan dollars in Singapore and Malaysia during a visit to the two countries that will wrap up Thursday. On Tuesday, Han signed a three-year contract with Seah Kian Peng (謝健平), chie..
More than 15,000 chickens in Taiwan culled due to H5N2 infection (184)  2019-02-25
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A total of 16,728 Taiwan native chickens at a farm in Taiwan’s southwestern county of Yulin were culled on Sunday (Feb. 24) after some of the chicken were confirmed as having been infected with H5N2 one day earlier, according to a Central News Agency (CNA) report on Sun..
Taiwan agricultural exports hit record high in 2018 (188)  2019-02-22
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan saw its agricultural exports soar to US$5.47 billion in 2018, marking the highest in two decades, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) announced Thursday after receiving a briefing on the country’s policy to promote agricultural produce. According to Su, Ta..
U.S. Agriculture Department to send first trade mission to Taiwan (178)  2019-02-20
Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will send its first-ever trade mission to Taiwan in April, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Tuesday. Citing a USDA press release issued on December, AIT spokesperson Amanda Mansour told CNA that the trade mission will take..
All passengers from Vietnam to be checked for pork products (171)  2019-02-15
Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) Taiwan has begun checking all passengers arriving in the country from Vietnam for possession of pork products after a pork sandwich brought into Taiwan by a traveler from Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for African swine fever (ASF). It was the latest step taken by Taiwan t..
Taiwan's Yunlin County culls another poultry farm due to bird flu, 62 farms in total for 2018 (280)  2019-01-01
A turkey farm was found to be infected with the H5N2 bird flu virus on Dec. 27 TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – After a difficult year for poultry farmers in Yunlin County, another farm was discovered to have been infected with the bird flu virus, leading to prompt action by the local government and ..
Taiwanese customs officers see no decline in meat smuggler despite heavy fine (285)  2018-12-29
Travelers are notably advised not to smuggle pork and other banned meat products into Taiwan or will receive a fine of NT$200,000 for first-time violation TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In order to prevent the contagion of African swine disease onto the island, Taiwan has beefed up penalties for br..
Taiwan seeks removal from EU illegal fishing watch list with tighter regulation (746)  2018-09-13 (1964)
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Executive Yuan of Taiwan passed an amendment Sept. 13 proposing stricter regulations for fishing that will see violators given fines of up to NT$2.5 million (US$80,475)  for importing illegal fishery products. The amendment for the Act for Distant Water Fishe..
Taiwan: Philippine envoy upbeat on Southbound Policy pipeline, discloses talks on visas (491)  2018-08-07
The Cabinet’s New Southbound Policy is bearing fruit in the Philippines, as Taipei and Manila are cooperating more closely on agriculture, trade and investment, and education and healthcare, Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman and Resident Representative Angelito Banayo said. ..
Vietnamese delegation visits Taiwan to promote cooperation in agriculture, education (538)  2018-06-27
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A vice chairman of a Vietnamese province and the sister of Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister made a visit to Taiwan this week to attend forum on agriculture and the economy hosted by the Taiwan Academy of Banking and Finance (TABF). While at the June 25 "..
Australian wheat penetrates Taiwan (654)  2018-06-12
TAIWAN could emerge as a significant market for Australian wheat, as awareness of the quality of local grain grows among local flour millers. Currently Taiwan averages about 230,000 tonnes in Australian wheat imports each year, worth about $80 million. Australian Export Grains Innovation Centr..
Taiwan, the Philippines to set up demonstration sites for agricultural exchanges (693)  2018-05-16
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The 7th Taiwan-Philippines Agricultural Meeting took place in Taipei on May 14, during which the two sides discussed a broad range of agricultural topics and sought ways to increase bilateral cooperation in agriculture and fisheries technologies. According to the Coun..
The Council of Agriculture (COA) strengthens ranch sources management to facilitate egg hygiene and safety control mechanism in Taiwan (1834)  2015-05-04
Regarding the health, safety and labeling of commercial egg production, the COA strengthens source management at the side of livestock farms by means of gradually constructed consumers’ recognition on friendly egg production systems.   Source:
Agriculture and Food Agency and Ministry of Health and Welfare Activates 2015 Joint in Section of Rice Products in Taiwan (1865)  2015-04-13
Agriculture and Food Agency will conduct joint inspections on rice products in Taiwan twice a year. The candidate firms will be randomly selected to get inspections in order to ensure food safety and quality for the Taiwanese people.   (Research and summarized by Dr. Ming-Hsin Yang)  ..
Council of Agriculture to Amend Law to Prevent Market Speculations on Farmlands in Taiwan (1944)  2015-04-13
  The current real estate market in Taiwan has turned its spotlight to the farmland sector. Expected superior return encourages more and more speculated investments in farmlands and farmhouses everywhere in Taiwan. Unfortunately, many of so-call ”farmhouses” are actually luxury h..