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)