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Profits from Sugar and Cereal Grains

Profits from Sugar and Cereal Grains

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Cane sugar has been an important export commodity since the Dutch colonial era. The Qing Dynasty ordered local officials to carry out sugarcane cultivation for profit. Cane sugar from Taiwan was mostly exported to China and Japan via ports such as Luermen, generating considerable profits. After the 18th century, land reclamation and paddy field developments in central Taiwan were coupled with increased demand for rice in southern China, thus increasing rice production in Taiwan. As a result, a significant amount of hydraulic construction took place, and rice cultivation was extended from the plains to the hills.

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