Taiwan fruits, veggies here for Chinese New Year

James Kon

The production of Ponkan in Taiwan as well as the growing demand of Ponkan in the global market has resulted in a very limited supply, said Managing Director of First Emporium Group in Brunei Darussalam Lim Kian Seng. He made these comments at the launching of the 2020 Taichung City Premium Ponkan Agricultural product fair at Warisan Utama Jaya, Sungai Tilong yesterday.

The premium sweet and juicy mandarin orange Ponkan is one of the favourite fruits to have during Chinese New Year celebrations in the country.

“With the impact of the climate change, the production of Taiwan Ponkan for 2020 has decreased. We have a shortage of supply this year. Fortunately our supply of Ponkan is exclusively selected by Taichung City Government,” he said.

Some of the fruits brought into the country for the 2020 Taichung City Premium Ponkan Agricultural product fair, he revealed “are broccoli, green union, lettuce, cauliflower, pineapple, dragon fruit and grapes.”

Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Brunei Darussalam representative Andrew Lee said, “The imported Taiwan Ponkan brings back the taste of home.

“We would like to thank First Emporium Group and its supermarket for importing the many premium Taiwan fruits and vegetables for the local market. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish the Chinese community in Brunei Darussalam, a happy Chinese New Year.”

Visiting Deputy Director General of Taichung City Government’s Agricultural Bureau Tsai Yung Sheng, who also joined the ribbon cutting ceremony, welcomed Bruneians to visit the fruit fair and lantern festival on February 8 and the World Orchid Flower Exhibition in March later in the year.

Also participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony were Richard Chuang Hsi Shan from the Taiwan Business Association in Brunei Darussalam, Malcolm Lim from the Chinese Chamber of Commerce BSB, Teng Yun Chinese Temple Chairman Lee Eng Ching and officials from First Emporium Group.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the 2020 Taichung City Premium Ponkan Agricultural product fair. PHOTO: JAMES KON