Sediq Aborigine selected as top 100 young farmer 賽德克青年返鄉種茶 獲選百大青農

Tue, Dec 05, 2017 - Page 15

Kumu Wumin, a member of the Sediq Aborigine tribe from Nantou County’s Jenai Township, after graduating from university last year returned to her hometown and threw herself into learning the art of tea farming and tea production. This year Kumu was chosen as one of Taiwan’s top 100 young farmers by the Council of Agriculture Academy. Expressing her gratitude for the award, Kumu says that in the next two years she intends, with government support, to introduce new creative packaging for her products in addition to improving marketing to allow her local tea business to continue to grow.

Kumu’s farther has grown tea for nearly 30 years and Kumu, who is a graduate of National Pingtung University of Science and Technology’s Department of Agribusiness Management, returned to her hometown for practical training during her third year of study. Kumu saw that the number of farmers in her community had been seriously depleted, and those still there were getting older, and so Kumu determined to return home on completing her studies.

After graduating in June last year, the majority of Kumu’s fellow students either continued with their studies or headed to the cities in search of employment. However, Kumu decided to return to her hometown and went to her father’s tea plantation to learn tea farming. Kumu also enrolled as an apprentice at a nearby tea factory to study tea production. The Jenai Township Farmers’ Association supported Kumu’s studies to allow her to receive training as a tea taster and after a year and a half of hard work Kumu had made great strides. It was the farmers’ association that put her name forward for the top 100 young farmers selection, and Kumu was the only Aboriginal woman among the six young farmers who were selected to receive support from the Tea Farm Research and Extension Station.