These improvements would make the industry more efficient and enhance the competitiveness of local agricultural products in the international market. This would bring financial reward to farmers and farmland would be put to good use. It would turn around a situation in which farmers have no alternative but to leave some or all of their land idle, and give the whole industry cause to smile.
Huang Biing-wen is a professor in the Department of Applied Economics at National Chung Hsing University.
Translated by Paul Cooper