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2020.09.10
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South Korea said Monday it has completed negotiations with Vietnam to ship paprika, a type of bell pepper, to the Southeast Asian country. Seoul had been negotiating with Hanoi since 2008 on export terms for paprika, whose outbound shipments currently depend heavily on neighboring Japan,...
2020.09.10
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A Taiwanese biodiversity database has compiled records of nearly 10 million wildlife sightings, making it the second-largest in Asia, with the vast majority of data coming from volunteers, according to the Council of Agriculture's (COA) Endemic Species Research Institute. The Taiwan Biodiversity...
2020.09.10
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Japan lost its disease-free status for classical swine fever Thursday for the first time in 13 years, a blow to local pig farmers trying to find new export destinations. Japan remains unable to contain the infectious disease two years after experiencing its first outbreak in 26 years at a pig...
2020.09.10
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Demand for Japan's signature crop, rice, has wilted under the triple whammy of the consumption tax hike, the pandemic-induced economic downturn, and high prices due to government policies that have restrained production. The country's demand for domestically produced rice has plunged by 220,000...
2020.09.10
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Taiwan’s agriculture authorities are using every means at their disposal to assuage public concern about the safety of pork from the U.S. that could contain ractopamine, an animal feed additive that promotes leanness. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced last week the removal of the ban on...
2020.08.17
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Japan's Norinchukin Bank and the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations, or Zen-Noh, will jointly invest 57 billion yen ($545 million) in the FamilyMart convenience store chain to sell farm products through the store's nationwide network. The investment by two core members...
2020.08.17
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Following former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui's (李登輝) death on Thursday (July 30), Taiwan’s agriculture chief has vowed to realize the late head of state's unfulfilled dream of transforming the country's beef industry. Lee, who had earned degrees in agricultural economics in Taiwan, Japan,...
2020.08.17
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Australian potato farmers are enjoying improved access to the Thai market with two key commitments now realised under the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA). Thailand has now implemented zero tariffs and the removal of tariff rate quotas that limited the volume that could access the...

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