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Taiwan to boost organic farming industry with new law taking effect May 30

Taiwan has entered a new phase of agricultural development with the Organic Agriculture Promotion Act (有機農業促進法) going into effect on Thursday (May 30).

The act was designed to protect water and soil, the environment, biodiversity, animal welfare, and consumer interests. It also provides a legal foundation on which to promote eco-friendly and sustainable use of resources.

According to Minister of the Council of Agriculture (COA) Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲), the government will provide a subsidy between NT$30,000 and NT$80,000 per hectare for growers planning to shift to eco farming. Other support includes the provision of machinery and organic fertilizer, as well as a 40 percent deduction rental fees for using public property for organic agriculture.

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