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Agriculture vice chairman moves up to new position

APPOINTMENT While legislators debated the revised agricultural act, a new committee head was announced to replace Peng Tso-kwei

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER , WITH STAFF WRITER

The Executive Yuan appeared to be heading for compromise with legislators over the controversial Agricultural Development Act (1A業發展條例) as debate on the issue began yesterday.

While the legislature's economics committee was debating its review of the Act, the KMT's Central Standing Committee announced the appointment of Lin Hsiang-nung (林享能) as new Chairman of the Council of Agriculture.

Lin replaced Peng Tso-kwei (彭作奎), who resigned in protest against a different version of the Act prepared by legislators, which allows individual housing construction on farmland, as opposed to collective construction stipulated in the Executive Yuan's version.

Lin, 63, who has been the council vice chairman since 1989, has served four chairmen including Yu Yu-hsien (余玉賢), Sun Ming-hsien (孫明賢), Chiu Mao-ying(邱-Z-^), and Peng Tso-kwei (彭作奎).

His appointment as vice chairman in 1989 raised eyebrows within the council because Lin had more experience in diplomacy than with matters regarding agriculture.

He served as secretary to then Minister of Foreign Affairs Lien Chan (3s戰) before joining the Council of Agriculture.

His 25 years of experience in foreign affairs made him a professional diplomat specializing in foreign languages, politics, the legal system, negotiation, and the quality that was desperately needed for the agricultural initiative of the time, internationalization.

Lin emphasized yesterday that he shared Peng's ideals but would respect the Legislature's decision on the issue.

Meanwhile, DPP legislator Ko Chien-ming (柯建銘) lashed out at Lin for marching with 10,000 farmers who protested in front of the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday against the Executive Yuan's version of the Act.

Profile of Lin Hsiang-nung

Birthplace

Born 1936 in Meinung (美濃), Kaohsiung County

Education

BA: Department of Foreign Affairs, National Chengchi University (政治?j學)

MA: Graduate School of Politics, Chinese Culture University (??國???j學)

Experience

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (25 years), including stints in Haiti, Argentina, Venezuela, and Chile

Served as MOFA's deputy director of the Central and South American Affairs division

Served as vice chairman of the Council of Agriculture for 10 years (1989 -- 1999)


Ko said that Lin's appointment itself was a clear sign that the Executive Yuan was determined to make a policy U-turn after Peng's departure.

Responding to Ko, Lin said he marched with the farmers because he wanted to let them know that the COA was "not ignoring their voice."

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