Date: March 4, 2016
A raft of reforms aimed at spurring the profitability and sustainability of
Taiwan’s rural sector were recently proposed by ROC President-elect Tsai Ing-wen.
The initiatives include an agricultural land bank, farmers’ insurance scheme, labor brokerage system and new trading model. The bank enables the reassigning to young farmers of surplus or underused land, while the brokerage system assists in addressing labor shortages.
But it is the trading model that represents the greatest opportunity for achieving short- to mid-term improvements in the agricultural sector.
Tsai said during a March 1 visit to a lisianthus flower growing-marketing group at Singang Township in Chiayi County, southern Taiwan, that a government-backed export management company is necessary for pooling the resources of Taiwan’s predominantly small-scale farmers and delivering value-added products to market via upgraded packaging, promotion and sales processes. [FULL STORY]