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Farmers markets to be launched islandwide soon

Farmers markets to be launched islandwide soon

Thirty-three farmers markets will have opened across Taiwan by Dec. 20, giving small farmers an opportunity to sell their agricultural produce directly to consumers, according to the Council of Agriculture (COA) said.

The farmers markets will be located at both outdoor and indoor venues, including supermarkets run by local farmers associations, and will be open weekly or bimonthly, some on weekends and some on weekdays, the COA announced Wednesday.

Hsu Hui-ying, an official at the COA's Agriculture and Food Agency, said about 1,000 different types of produce, some in the crop tracking system, will be sold at the 33 markets. Some of them have opened, while the rest will all open by mid-December.

Farmer Lin Wen-lung said at a promotional press conference Wednesday that he grows Chinese mustard, Chinese cabbage, chop suey greens and pomelo, among other crops, and most of them are included in the crop tracking system.

Lin, who owns a leisure farm that provides accommodation for guests in Yilan County, said he hoped the new farmers market would attract more customers to buy fresh and healthy local vegetables.

Among the 33 farmers markets, 13 are in central Taiwan -- three each in Taichung, Changhua and Nantou, and four in Yunlin -- and eight each in eastern and northern Taiwan.

The eight in the eastern part of the country are in Hualien, while those in northern Taiwan are spread out -- two in Taipei, one in Yilan, one in Hsinchu County and four in Miaoli.

In southern Taiwan, there are two markets in Kaohsiung, one in Pingtung and one in Chiayi County, according to the National Farmers' Association, which is coordinating the project. (By Yang Shu-min and Kuo Chung-han)

Updated : 2021-09-18 01:15 GMT+08:00