New agriculture

  • Date: 2018-04-20

As part of the overall “five plus two” innovative industries program, in 2016 the government announced a four-year plan to promote new agriculture. Running between 2017 and 2020, the New Agriculture Innovation Promotion Program envisions a new era of agricultural development, applying technology and innovation to increase added value and secure the income and welfare of agricultural workers, while at the same time encouraging environmentally sustainable practices and the cyclic reuse of resources. The end goal is to lay a solid foundation for Taiwan’s agriculture sector and drive its transformational development toward a revolutionary new paradigm.

Three central principles and 10 primary strategies
 Establish a new agricultural paradigm: Six strategies fall under the new paradigm umbrella, namely implementing the Green Environmental Payment Program, stabilizing agricultural incomes, enhancing the competitiveness of livestock and poultry in Taiwan, popularizing eco-friendly farming practices, promoting the sustainable use of resources, and making aggressive use of new technology and recent innovations.
♦ Construct systems to ensure food security and food safety: The food security strategy is focused on enhanced capabilities coupled with measures to increase Taiwan’s food self-sufficiency, while the food safety strategy includes more frequent testing and inspection, source control and food traceability, as well as organic certification and high quality standards.
♦ Improve agricultural marketing capabilities: The two marketing strategies call for increasing and diversifying both domestic and export sales channels for agricultural goods together with raising the value-added component of end products.

Objectives for end-of-year 2020
♦ Raise Taiwan’s food self-sufficiency rate to 40 percent.
♦ Generate additional agricultural production value of NT$43.4 billion (US$1.48 billion).
♦ Create as many as 370,000 jobs.
♦ Increase to 57 percent the share of agricultural exports going to emerging markets.