Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Bao-ji says that negotiations on agriculture give Taiwan a lot of opportunities. Thai edamame beans exported to China are not charged tariff, but Taiwanese ones are charged a 6% tariff while orchids are also charged a 12% tariff. However, after Taiwan joins the TPP, highly competitive local products will have more influence if no tariff is charged.
The Ministry of Labor and the Council of Agriculture (COA) originally planned to bring in foreign workers for tea, fruits, mushrooms, orchids, slaughterhouses and livestock, but the meeting in June only agreed to allow foreign workers in slaughterhouses and other industries were rejected.
Why do Taiwanese farmers grow fruits with high degree of sweetness but low production volume and not the other way around? People say this shows the market trend.