75% of farms ‘illegal’, banning to proceed in May, says COA

The China Post
Date: April 17, 2015
By: Stephanie Chao

The Council of Agriculture (COA, 農委會) announced yesterday that it will continue to push forward amending regulations on setting up and managing farms, and is preparing to launch a nationwide conference at the beginning of May in order to tackle the issue and ban illegally constructed farms.

The Ministry of the Interior (MOI, 內政部) reported that while 2,554 farms out of the 28,405 nationwide have been deemed illegal, only 108 farms have been inspected by the cities and counties. Twenty of these passed investigations, while 82 farms were found to be illegal. That means 75.9 percent of the farms that have been inspected were found to breach regulations.

Chen Jung-chun (陳榮俊) of the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau’s Rural Division (水保局農村建設), had local governments investigate illegal farms at the end of last year with to ensure that they complied with rules on building farms on agricultural land. Yet so far, only half of the cities and counties have reported back.     [FULL  STORY]

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