A senior mainland official yesterday urged Taiwan to adopt a more flexible approach towards improving cross-strait trade in agricultural products. Chen Yunlin , director of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, said non-governmental organisations from both sides should hold talks soon to increase sales of Taiwanese fruit from a harvest season slump. He was addressing a visiting Taiwanese agricultural delegation led by Kuomintang central policy committee director Tseng Yung-chuan. 'We're willing to do our best to help out fellow Taiwanese farmers and we hope the relevant parties in Taiwan can be more flexible in the best interests of [these] farmers,' Xinhua quoted Mr Chen as saying. In May, following visits by Kuomintang chairman Lien Chan and People First Party chief James Soong Chu-yu, Beijing said it would expand the varieties of fruit imported from Taiwan from six to 18, with 10 types to be tariff-free.