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Farmers in central Taiwan confident Japan will love their  Bananas

Farmers in central Taiwan confident Japan will love their Bananas

TAIPEI:  Banana growers in Yunlin County, Taiwan shipped the year’s first batch of special “Oolong Bananas” headed for the Japanese market on Feb. 12.
The banana, a bright healthy yellow when ripe, and they get the name “Oolong Bananas” from their sweet aroma, which sets them apart from other bananas, and proved highly attractive to Japanese traders.
The Citong Fruit and Vegetable Cooperative in Yunlin that is marketing the bananas hopes the bananas will do well on the Japanese market , which would help boost sales for banana growers in the region. The workers eagerly worked through the weekend to have the six ton shipment ready for today, reports Liberty Times. Su Mingli the chairman of the Cooperative, says that the bananas from Yunlin are a world class variety, with a bright color, and a firm peel that is not easily damaged.Their rich flavor and aroma makes them stand out from other varieties commonly marketed in Japan, which makes them highly sought by Japanese consumers.
According to the report from Liberty Times, a supervisor with the Council of Agriculture, Chen Junyan  said that bananas are the most important agriculture export to Japan, and in the past Taiwan once exported over 20,000 metric tons in a year. However in recent years, competition with banana exporters from Southeast Asia, and an increase in domestic consumers caused a drastic reduction in banana exports to Japan, reportedly only exceeding 1,000 metric tons.