By: Yang Shu-min and Frances Huang
Taipei, June 16 (CNA) Taiwan’s mango exports are expected to hit a new high in 2017 with output in
Tainan, the largest mango growing area in the country, forecast to post a year-on-year increase of up to 20 percent in mango output, the Agriculture and Food Agency (AFA) of the Council of Agriculture said on Friday.
According to the AFA, Taiwan’s mango exports hit a record high of NT$810 million (US$26.64 million) after selling 10,812 metric tons overseas in 2015. Following an exceptional harvest in Tainan, exports for 2017 are expected to top 2015.
Meanwhile, Tainan announced the 2017 Tainan International Mango Festival will start on June 24.
The AFA said that this year’s mango harvest in Tainan was up 20 percent from a year earlier, offsetting an expected 30 percent decline in output in Pingtung, the second largest mango growing area in Taiwan.