TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Police have activated a “green onion protection” task force to help local farmers in Sanxing Township, Yilan County, guard their produce against thieves.
Since the price of green onions went through the roof recently, there have been four cases reported of people stealing the vegetable, leading to the formation of the task force. Police said that they have been pursuing leads to track down the suspected thieves.
The Sanxing Area Farmer's Association said Thursday (Sept. 9) that the market price of Sanxing green onions has soared following decreased output due to floods in central and southern Taiwan in August, CNA reported.
Normally, the average market price of Sanxing green onions in Taipei markets is around NT$70 (US$2.41) per kilogram. However, the average price reached NT$255.5 per kilogram on Wednesday.
The Yilan County Police Bureau’s Sanxing Precinct said the township’s pears and green onions are high-value produce and that during pear harvesting season, from June to August each year, the police will also form a “pear protection” task force.
Police will coordinate with farmers to better respond to reports of suspicious persons entering the fields.