It is still fresh in our memory that the neighboring Chinese customs authorities have announced a ban on the import of Taiwanese pineapples from March 1, 2021. The ostensible reason is “detection of pests”, but it is similar to the fact that as a result of Australia’s request to investigate the source of the new coronavirus that was not in line with the Chinese government in 2020, import restrictions on Australian wine etc. were set. I’m not the only one considered to be a form of economic sanctions by the Chinese government. Since 97% of Taiwanese pineapples are exported to China, it is inevitable that the situation will hit producers, but China’s unilateral embargo announcement is supported not only within Taiwan but also in other countries. Has begun to move. According to the Ministry of Finance of Taiwan (a government agency equivalent to the Ministry of Finance of Japan) in March 2022, pineapple succeeded in developing markets in Japan and Hong Kong, and both markets accounted for 63.2% and 22.1% of pineapple exports, respectively. It is revealed that it has increased to. From the scope of the tax treaty of the Ministry of Finance, for Taiwan, the whole is based on the private tax agreement between the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association and the Association of East Asian Relations (Taiwan side) and the laws and regulations for implementing the contents in Japan. (Currently, both associations have been renamed to the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (Japan side) and the Association of East Asian Relations (Taiwan side), respectively.) According to the statistical report, Taiwan is “fruit.” It is called the “Kingdom” and you can eat various fruits throughout the four seasons, but it seems that exports are affected by problems such as production costs, quality control, and difficulty in storing and transporting fresh food. For this reason, it seems that exports accounted for less than 10% of the total production volume in 2020, except for Sweetsop (Annona squamosa) and pineapple.
Pineapple is not a fruit peculiar to Taiwan, but originally originated in South America, and it seems that it was introduced to Africa, Asia, the South Sea Islands, etc. in the 16th century, and then to Taiwan from the south of China in the 17th century. After that, during the Japanese colonial era, a canning factory for pineapples was set up in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, and I heard that the cultivation of pineapples for processing began in earnest.
Taiwan’s first canned pineapple manufacturing plant was established in May 1902 in Fengshan, Kaohsiung. It seems to be the Okamura Otori canning factory founded by Shotaro Okamura. Then, in Taiwan, it seems that the canned pineapple manufacturing company was large or small jumble. In the early Showa period, which was nostalgic for a long time ago, the canning company unilaterally decided the purchase price of pineapple, so the income of the farmers was very unstable and the future was uncertain. At the beginning and end of the harvest season, the yield is low, so it sells at a high price, but by the time it reaches its peak, it seems that it was hit by dirt cheap. It seems that it is possible to harvest all year round every 18 months now, but it seems that there was no such technique at that time, and the producers had a lot of trouble. Therefore, this excellent agricultural product is also a lucky charm for Taiwanese.