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Hualien County’s organic soybean farmland expects big growth
有機大豆夯 將擴大栽培面積

Soybeans are pictured on an organic soybean farm in Hualien County on Dec. 3 last year.
這張去年十二月三日攝於花蓮縣的照片是有機大豆農地的黃豆。

Photo: Hua Meng-ching, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者花孟璟

Domestic organic soybeans from Hualien County are extremely popular. Supply is still unable to meet demand even as the cultivated area of farmland devoted to soybeans grows exponentially every year. All of the beans this year have been preordered, despite it being only the middle of the harvest season. The Agriculture and Food Agency’s Eastern Region Branch says that it has been helping to expand the cultivated area for soybeans as the product continues to serve as a shining star among Hualien County’s organic agricultural products.

Branch Director Wang Chang-ying said on June 30 that the organic soybeans in the Hualien area had been harvested for several days using combines. Through organic farming and assistance from the agency and the Hualien County Government, after inspections certified that the beans were non-GM agricultural products the entire harvest was preordered by organic businesses before the harvest even started. The amount of land used for growing soybeans has been growing accumulatively year after year, increasing from 12 hectares two years ago to 35 hectares this year, and it is expected to reach 50 hectares by next year, Wang says.

Soybeans are commonly known in Chinese as huangdou, or yellow beans, Wang says. Organic soybeans grown in the Hualien area are primarily grown using a bean variety that was developed by the Hualien District Agricultural Research and Extension Station called Hualien No.1. The stalk of this variety is of an average height, produces large beans in vast quantities and is quite suitable for making soymilk and tofu. Eastern Taiwan is highly suitable for agricultural farming and the entire farming process is organic, avoiding the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Hualien County’s high-quality organic soybeans have a superb flavor and are safe and healthy, which is why so many people preorder the beans, Wang says.

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. fertilizer n.

肥料 (fei2 liao4)

例: Heavy use of fertilizer and pesticides can pollute the soil

(使用大量的肥料與殺蟲劑會汙染土壤。)

2. superb adj.

堂皇的;宏偉的;極好的

(tang2 huang2 de5; hong2 wei3 de5; ji2 hao3 de5)

例: The clarinet recital last night was superb.

(昨晚的黑管獨奏會超棒。)

3. impetus n.

推動;促進 (tui1 dong4; cu4 jin4)

例: The annual sales event will provide added impetus to the company’s already vibrant growth.

(這次的周年慶活動會進一步促進公司活躍成長。)


The demand for organic soybeans has been gradually increasing over the past few years, Wang says, adding that the Hualien area was able to establish its branding image because non-chemical farming gained impetus very early on in the area. At present, organic soybeans are only grown in Hualien County’s Shoufong, Guangfu and Yuli townships. Next year it will expand to include every township throughout the entire East Rift Valley, making the valley the pinnacle of organic soybean farming in the nation, Wang says.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

花蓮縣國產有機大豆超夯,栽種面積每年呈倍數成長仍不敷需求,目前正值採收期,但已被預訂一空,農糧署東區分署表示,輔導擴大有機大豆栽培面積,持續成為花蓮地區的明星有機農產品。

農糧署東區分署長王長瑩六月三十日指出,花蓮地區的有機大豆連日來以收穫機進行採收作業,拜採有機種植之賜,且經農糧署及花蓮縣政府協助,經檢驗合格為非基改農產品,還未採收就被有機商店訂購一空,面積也從前年的十二公頃,每年呈現倍數成長,今年已達卅五公頃,明年將朝五十公頃方向邁進。

她說,大豆其實就是俗稱的黃豆,花蓮地區種植的有機大豆,主要的品種是由花蓮農改良場育成的「花蓮一號」,具有植株高度適中、大粒、豐產、適合製成豆漿及豆腐等特性,配合東部良好的農業栽培環境,及全程採用有機栽培,完全不施用化學農藥及肥料,所生產的有機大豆,品質佳、口味香純、安全又健康,因此才會掀起預購的風潮。

她說,國內有機大豆的需求逐年增加,花蓮地區因推動無毒農業有成,早已建立品牌形象,目前僅有壽豐、光復鄉與玉里鎮栽種,明年將擴大於縱谷各鄉鎮推廣,讓花東縱谷成為國內有機大豆故鄉。

(自由時報記者游太郎)

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