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Sugar Industry

Sugar Industry

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Traditional cane sugar production in Taiwan involved establishing “tangbu” or “zhebu”(Sugar Mill) near sugarcane cultivation areas by the farmers. The sugarcanes are crushed and extracted to produce cane sugar. Coarse sugar was purchased from “tangbu” and refined into white sugar in a facility called a “tangjian”. During the early Qing Dynasty, officials in Taiwan were concerned about insufficient rice production due to the significant increase in sugarcane plantation area as a result of spikes in the sugar price. Fearing that social unrest would be provoked, they implemented measures to limit sugarcane cultivation and incentivize rice production. However, cane sugar’s status as the most important export product of Taiwan continued even after the Japanese era in the late 19th century.

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