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Organic and Eco-friendly Farming

TSC’s Maguang Organic Group Cultivation Farm in Huwei, Yunlin

      In recent years, Taiwan has imported approximately 8 million tons of miscellaneous grains every year, including 4 million tons of corn, 2.4 million tons of soybeans, and 1.6 million tons of wheat. However, those produced domestically only account for 6% of the import volume. To increase the domestic food self-sufficiency rate and to cooperate with the government’s organic agriculture policy, we set up an organic framing zone with an area of 197 hectares in Maguang Farm in Huwei Town, Yunlin County. Now the infrastructure facilities such as the access roads, irrigation and drainage systems, land preparation, soil improvement and other public facilities are under construction. In addition, agricultural circular economy planning (irrigation of the farmland with biogas slurry, use of CO2 to promote the growth of greenhouse crops, use of crop residues for anaerobic co-fermentation, etc.) is introduced in an attempt to promote local organic agriculture and to attract young farmers to return to their hometown to revitalize the rural village, making it the very first circular agriculture demonstration park in Taiwan.
 
      This project is divided into two phases. The first phase started from August 2017, and it is scheduled to be completed in 2019. The planning and design of the second phase started in May 2018, and the second phase is scheduled to be completed in December 2020.



Promotion of Eco-friendly Farming

      The government has promoted organic verification and eco-friendly review system. To assist the government in promoting organic cultivation, TSC integrated small farmers engaging in organic farming with the concept of satellite farming to form a cooperation zone with professional division of labor and complementary resources to improve production and marketing efficiency and establish a value chain of cooperative agriculture. 

      The Key Points of Land Lease has been revised and that “organic cultivation” and “those approved by the board of directors for lease under comprehensive planning” shall be leased by agreement is added in the key points to promote cooperation of organic contract farming. Currently, there are 8 organic farms working with TSC in the form of contract farming, and 233 young farmers have been assisted to rent 1,382 hectares of farmland and 793.79 hectares of organic farming area (public organic farming zone and self-operated organic area are excluded)



Organic Food

      TSC actively develops its own organic crop cultivation area to continue trail planning and mass production of economic crops. In addition, we also cooperate with organic certified farmers to supply high quality organic vegetables to high schools and elementary schools in Taichung City and Tainan City for school children’s nutritious lunch, which not only assists great farmers in the expansion of distribution channels but also meets the market demand. In 2018, the organic rice verification area reached 103.08 hectares and organic fruit and vegetable verification area reached 58.34 hectares.

      The production of indigenous soybeans in Taiwan is scarce, and most of the soybeans in Taiwan depend on imports, and the proportion of genetically modified soybeans is as high as 90% and above. However, imported genetically modified crops may have excessive pesticide residues and aflatoxin or other harmful factors produced during transportation. In the autumn of 2018, Taiwan’s indigenous non-GMO soybeans were planted in Gaoping Area, and the products also passed SGS 373 item (pesticide residues test 373 item) and Paraquat residues test. The natural sunlight drying method is applied to produce fresh and safe local non-GMO soybeans. The plantation area of non-GMO soybeans in 2018 reached 105.2 hectares.
 

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