Taiwan to send agricultural procurement delegation to U.S. (Taiwan News)

Taiwan, Aug. 6 (CNA) The government will organize a delegation to the United States next month to purchase agricultural products and discuss agricultural issues with U.S. officials and representatives of agricultural exporters, a foreign affairs official said Thursday. The delegation will sign a letter of intent on procurement of agricultural products with representatives of U.S. agricultural exporters during the Sept. 13-24 visit, said Christine Hsueh (???), director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of North American Affairs, at a news briefing. The delegation will first visit Washington and sign the letter of intent at Capitol Hill, before separating into two groups to visit different states in central and western parts of the U.S. that are major agricultural producers, she said. One of the groups will focus on the procurement of corn and soybeans and will visit Iowa, Minnesota and Kentucky, she said. The other will focus on wheat products and is scheduled to travel to Kansas, Montana and Washington, she added. During the visit, they will meet with U.S. administration officials and Congressmen, as well as call on officials in state governments to exchange views on agricultural issues, Hsueh said. Taiwan is the seventh-largest export market for U.S. agricultural products, she said, adding that the government organizes agricultural delegations to the U.S. on a regular basis in an effort to promote bilateral trade ties. This will be the 10th time Taiwan has organized an agricultural delegation to visit the U.S. since 1998, according to the ministry. (By Elaine Hou)