BEIJING, April 29
(Xinhuanet) -- China's mainland has been active in promoting the sale of
Taiwan's farm produce to help alleviate difficulties of Taiwan farmers.
The heavy influx of foreign
farm produce has dealt a serious blow to Taiwan farmers over the past few
years. Unable to find buyers, farmers sometimes leave their vegetables and
fruits to rotin the fields.
Hu Jintao, general secretary
of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, has urged efforts to
facilitate the sale of Taiwan farm produce on the mainland. Jia Qinglin,
chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political
Consultative Conference, has pledged the mainland will actively promote
the sale of Taiwan farm produce on the mainland.
The trade of farm produce
across the Taiwan Straits has been expanding in recent years, with annual
trade hitting 421 million US dollars in 2004. Of this, the mainland took
the delivery of 116 million dollars worth of farm produce from Taiwan, up
10.4 percent year on year.
Currently, Taiwan's aquatic
products, fruits, food stuff and tea have entered the mainland market,
where no special restrictions are set against the entry of Taiwan's farm
The biggest obstacle to the
sale of Taiwan's farm produce on the mainland is the absence of direct
flights. As the Taiwan authorities ban direct cargo and passenger flights
across the Straits, the farm produce of Taiwan has to be transferred to
the mainland via a third place, resulting in more cost, time of shipment
Analysts say the selling
price of Taiwan fruits and vegetables on the mainland could be lowered by
more than 10 percent if they were shipped directly to the mainland.