Date: February 5, 2016
Taiwan’s orchid sector is set for a major boost following a Feb. 4
announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture clearing the way for exports of locally cultivated Oncidium orchids potted in growing media.
The ROC Ministry of Economic Affairs welcomed the breakthrough, attributing it to ongoing discussions since 2007 under bilateral communication platforms such as the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.
After the U.S. began accepting exports of Taiwan produced Phalaenopsis orchids in growing medium in 2004, the government started seeking the same treatment for Oncidium orchids. “The issue was also a key item on the agenda of the ninth rounds of TIFA discussions held in Taipei City last October,” an MOEA official said. [FULL STORY]