By: Yang Su-min and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, April 3 (CNA) Taiwan’s exports of green soybeans, called edamame in Japan and
mao dou in China, hit a record high of US$76 million in 2015, with 87.5 percent of the exports going to Japan, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Sunday.
The strong export performance was attributed to the constant research and development of new products by the COA’s Kaohsiung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station, according to the COA.
Despite facing 6 percent customs duties and fierce price competition in Japan, Taiwan’s green soybean exports to that country were able to succeed in the market due to their high quality, according to the station.
Last year, Taiwan exported 36,117 metric tons worth US$76.61 million last year, which represents a 6.5 percent growth from 2014 and a record high in 22 years. [FULL STORY]