New agricultural paradigm to support sustainable development

  • Date: 2016-08-27
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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The  government  will  promote  a  new  agricultural  paradigm  with  the  goal  of  transforming  Taiwan’s  agriculture  and  expanding  the  organic  farming  industry,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  said  during  a  visit  today  to  the  Haifeng  organic  cultivation  area  in  Pingtung  County.

Agricultural  reform  is  high  on  President  Tsai  Ing-wen’s  policy  agenda,  the  premier  said.  To  revitalize  Taiwan’s  farming  communities,  the  government  has  mapped  out  plans  to  acquire  land  and  capital  as  well  as  to  increase  young  people’s  involvement.  There  are  6,600  hectares  of  organically  certified  farmland  in  Taiwan  currently,  a  figure  that  Lin  hopes  will  climb  to  10,000  by  the  end  of  2017.

The  premier  also  commended  Pingtung  County  for  using  organic  ingredients  in  student  school  lunches,  adding  that  the  county  has  set  a  good  example  by  providing  organic  lunches  at  least  once  a  week.  Eleven  cities  and  counties  across  the  nation  have  adopted  similar  practices,  laying  a  sturdy  foundation  for  the  development  of  organic  farming  in  Taiwan.

According  to  the  Council  of  Agriculture,  11  farmers  and  11  hectares  of  land  at  the  Haifeng  organic  cultivation  area  have  been  certified,  primarily  for  the  production  of  organic  fruits  and  vegetables.  To  put  business  on  a  sounder  footing,  the  Pingtung  County  Government  has  designated  the  county’s  vegetable  and  fruit  cooperative  to  manage  the  cultivation  area,  guiding  organic  farmers  on  pest  control  and  organic  certification  and  providing  them  with  a  range  of  marketing  channels.  

The  cooperative  has  also  been  providing  around  five  metric  tons  of  vegetables  per  week  to  elementary  and  junior  high  schools  in  compliance  with  the  county’s  organic  school  lunch  program.