Date: Mar 02, 2016
By: Jonathan Chin / Staff writer, with CNA
The new government will seek to improve the profitability and sustainability of
the nation’s agriculture sector by introducing major reforms, promoting safe agricultural products and boosting exports, president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday.
Tsai made the remarks at a news conference during her tour of Chiayi, where she visited the county’s agricultural cooperatives in Singang (新港) and Taibo (太保) townships, accompanied by Chiayi County Commissioner Helen Chang (張花冠) and Chiayi Mayor Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲).
Tsai said that her administration would promote “a new agricultural paradigm” to raise the incomes of farm workers with a focus on protecting their rights, increasing the sector’s potential for development and promoting environmental sustainability.
Major policy changes would include the introduction of a farmer’s insurance scheme and subsidies for preserving green lands on agricultural properties, she added. [FULL STORY]