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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.

Photo: Hua Meng-ching, Liberty Times

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.


1. fertilizer n.

肥料 (fei2 liao4)

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


2. superb adj.


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

例: The clarinet recital last night was superb.


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.


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)






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