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Fruit farmers and dilemma over Taiwan/China – Gourmet Guide234 Kitchen
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Fruit farmers and dilemma over Taiwan/China

Many fruit farmers in reportedly caught up in Taiwan’s tension with China.

For Imstance, according to the BBC, fruit farmer Wu Cheng-wan says the ban from China came at exactly the wrong time.

“This year I was very cautious,” he says. “I was especially afraid because the lack of rain and drought disrupted growth, and then political circumstances led China to cut off orders, so we can’t sell our pomelos.”

A pomelo is large citrus fruit that is similar to a grapefruit, but with a sweeter flavour.

Back in early September the orchards around the small town of Ruisui on Taiwan’s east coast were laden with the fruit.

The pomelos were due to be picked ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival, which was celebrated in Taiwan and on mainland China this year on 10 September.

This is a harvest festival slightly analogous to US Thanksgiving, and the fruit is traditionally eaten as part of the celebrations.

But this year Wu, one of the local farmers, says many of his neighbours gave up trying to sell their crop after a sharp drop in prices.

This came after the Chinese government in Beijing announced in August that it would be banning imports of Taiwanese pomelos, a move widely seen as a way to punish Taiwan for receiving a visit of US Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who met Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in a visit that has been strongly condemned by China.

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