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Loss of farmland creating blight

By Peng Tso-kwei 彭作奎

The best way to protect farmland is to amend the act; stipulating that newly purchased farmland must be used for farming, not residences. However, amending the law is a time consuming process, instead the government could take immediate action by abolishing the Regulations Governing Agricultural Dwelling Houses (農業用地興建農舍辦法), which is managed by the Ministry of the Interior’s Construction and Planning Agency, and by not allowing the construction of farmhouses on newly purchased farmland for a period of three to five years to help preserve what little farmland remains.

If this does not happen, it will be too late for future generations to try to rescue farmland by setting up a task force after watching the sequel to Beyond Beauty.

Peng Tso-kwei is a chair professor at Asia University and chairman of the Taiwan Society of Rural Planning.

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