Taiwan onions need help! Supermarkets only sell imported onions. Where can I buy fresh domestic onions?

Published: 2024-05-21 Author: mysheen
Last Updated: 2024/05/21, Taiwan onions need help! Supermarkets only sell imported onions. Where can I buy fresh domestic onions?

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Wen/Upstream and downstream reporters Lin Yijun, Yang Yuyun

Homemade onions are in season, come to traditional markets and specific supermarkets to support farmers! Onion harvesting in central China, the low purchase price of origin makes farmers cry, Changhua onion origin price is less than 10 yuan per kilogram, Yunjia area origin price also does not improve, farmers can only look at onion worry. However, when you walk into a large supermarket such as Quanlian, you can't see local fresh onions. You can only see the special price sign of imported onions.

Domestic onion wholesalers said that from last year to this year, the epidemic affected the world, foreign onion consumption decreased and appeared inventory, so low-price sales and a large number of imports, leading to the strange phenomenon of "domestic onions in the season but can not buy".

Dacheng Farmers 'Association and Shengang Farmers' Association said that consumers can call farmers 'associations directly to buy, but the freight may be more expensive than onions, in addition to group purchase, it is suggested that you can also go directly to the traditional market to buy two catties home more convenient. Consumers who want to buy directly can contact the Hong Kong Farmers Association at 04-7983191 and the Dacheng Farmers Association at 04-8944565.

All-Union sells American onions (Photo/Cai Jiashan) Domestic onions are hard to buy in season, and most of the supermarket shelves are imported onions.

However, last winter, the low temperature came too late, resulting in the first harvest of Changhua onion products are mostly small balls, dragging down the purchase price of the origin. Domestic onions are in season, and consumers want to support domestic onions with NT dollars. However, when they go online and enter Quanlian, Dinghao and Fengkang supermarkets, they can't see domestic onions. On the shelves, they can only see special price labels from the United States, new Zealand and Japan.

It's obviously the season for domestic onions. Why are there imported onions on the shelves? Both Quanlian and Fengkang supermarkets said that the middle onion has a high moisture content and is not resistant to storage, which is not suitable for long-term sale in supermarket stores. In the past, the two supermarkets waited for the onion production in Hengchun Peninsula. Domestic onions would not be put on shelves until February to April. They could be sold until there was no stock of frozen onions. At other times, the domestic onion production season was empty, and imported onions would be put on shelves to fill the gap.

Statistics from the Council of Agriculture show that since April last year, the number of imported onions has increased gradually, with 12,635 metric tons imported in November, 2596 metric tons more than in November 2019. The reason for the increase in import volume is related to Covid-19 epidemic situation. Actually, wholesalers and supermarket channels were asked, and the response was "Onion imported this year is very cheap."

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The two central onion wholesalers said that last year Covid-19 outbreak, domestic catering consumption downturn, foreign also, so foreign onion consumption greatly reduced, appeared inventory. mr lam yan wan te, purchasing manager, shen kong fruit and vegetable co-operative society