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Minstry to seek tenders for biotech park

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

The Ministry of the Interior's Construction and Planning Agency will begin inviting tenders midway through next month for residential construction in the Pingtung Agricultural Biotechnology Park (屏東農業生物科技園區), agency officials announced yesterday.

Located in the Changchih (長治) and Fangliao (枋寮) townships of Pingtung County, the park has been under construction since 2003.

The officials indicated that with the first stage of construction nearly 88 percent complete -- including facilities for companies and research organizations -- the 233-hectare park in Pingtung County is now entering a new development period.

Agency officials said that at the Council of Agriculture's request, they will invite qualified construction companies to submit tenders for building 12 new housing units in a specified residential area.

The estimated cost for the residential project is NT$220.61 million (US$6.63 million).

Additional tenders will also be invited to provide various service facilities in the area, such as electricity, telecommunications, banking, shopping and dining, estimated at NT$550 million.

The park is the first of its kind in the nation. It is designed to help the research arms of large companies join forces with two local universities to promote Taiwan's agricultural, fishery and animal husbandry industries and encourage production upgrades.

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