U.S. and Taiwan sign guava export agreementChristian Fernsby ▼ | October 29, 2019
Last week, Taiwan and the US signed an operational work plan for delivering guavas to the US, while Taiwanese orchards supplying the fruit are required to be officially registered and to fulfill quarantine standards.
Asia Taiwanese orchards supplying guavas should be certified and registered
Topics: U.S. Taiwan guava
With this approval, Taiwan becomes the first Asian country allowed to export guavas to the US, the council’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said.
According to the plan, Taiwanese orchards supplying guavas should be certified and registered by the council, and they are required to place double-fold bags over guava fruits three weeks after they bloom, the bureau said. The bureau is required to check the guava farms 30 days before harvest and ensure that the examination procedure is documented and can be retroactively tracked, it said.
The US agency also lists maximum allowable residue of pesticides, packaging and delivery requirements, and quarantine standards preventing fruit flies, it said.
According to an article on taipeitimes.com, the production of Taiwan’s guavas last year totaled 7,441 hectares and 176,303 tonnes, with Kaohsiung, Changhua County and Tainan being the top three production areas, council data showed. ■