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Ex-truck driver becomes champion dragon fruit farmer
貨運司機轉農 紅龍果奪冠

Ou Tung-jung, a truck driver turned farmer, poses with his dragon fruit after winning first place in a dragon fruit competition in Changhua County on July 17.

Photo: Liu Hsiao-hsin, Liberty Times

The champion of the annual Erlin Township dragon fruit competition in Changhua County has been announced. The winner is a middle-aged man who used to be a truck driver delivering pesticides who now grows dragon fruit for a living. Ou Tung-jung insists on not using pesticides, and after three years of working arduously he was finally granted the opportunity last week to taste the fruit of his labor.

The Erlin County Farmers’ Association held its annual dragon fruit competition on July 17, and among the 39 contestants who entered the contest there were several outstanding fruit farmers who had previously won gold and silver medals in national competitions. However, the gold medal this time went to Ou, a first-time competitor who has only been growing dragon fruit for three years.

The 53-year-old Ou was originally a truck driver delivering pesticide shipments, but upon reaching the age of 50 he decided to switch vocations and become a dragon fruit farmer. After taking classes, he put into practice all of the theories that his professors and experts had instilled in him. Ou uses organic farming methods and therefore insists on not using herbicides or pesticides, but by not using pesticides three plots of land in his orchard yielded only around NT$150,000 in revenue last year. Fortunately, with the support of his wife he won first place this year, proving that the anti-pesticide formula can indeed help him grow fruit that looks great, tastes great and is of a high quality.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)




1. truck driver n. phr.

貨運司機 (huo4 yun4 si1 ji1)

例: Obesity is a major problem among truck drivers in the US.


2. arduously adv.

努力地;勤奮地 (nu3 li4 de5; qin2 fen4 de5)

例: The couple worked arduously for a year to restore the dilapidated house.


3. shipment n.

裝載的貨物 (zhuang1 zai3 de5 huo4 wu4)

例: Your shipment got lost in the mail, so we’ll have to send you another one.




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