Officials are optimistic that India and New Zealand will recognize organic labels on Taiwanese agricultural products. The director of the Agriculture and Food Agency, Hu Jong-i, says the two countries could reach an agreement with Taiwan this year.
A lack of international recognition for Taiwan’s organic labels means that products certified as organic in Taiwan cannot be sold as organic products overseas.
The government has given other countries until May 30 next year to reach agreements with Taiwan on mutual recognition of organic labels. Taiwan will stop recognizing organic labels from countries that fail to reach an agreement by that date.
Agreements with India and New Zealand could be good news for Taiwanese farmers. Council of Agriculture statistics show that the area of farmland under organic cultivation has more than tripled in the last decade, reaching over 7,700 hectares.