|SINGTEX® founder Jason Chen lead 50 employees last March to organic farmer FANG, FU-ZAI’s farmland to transplant the rice seedlings. Some employees brought their children to experience the joy and labor of manually planting seeds in the paddy field. During the event, people also witnessed how farmers use traditional wooden roller marker to create spacing guides as well as ride on a power-driven rice transplanter. For 8 consecutive years, SINGTEX® has relentlessly shown support on local rice farmland.
|According to Taiwan Council of Agriculture, from 2005 to 2016, the number of long term-idle lands in Taiwan has increased to 48,000 hectares. If short-term fallow farms are included, about one-third of Taiwan’s total arable land is unproductive. The main reason for this situation is due to the fact that rural youths are leaving farms because they find agriculture to be unprofitable.
|Six years ago, SINGTEX approached FANG FU-ZAI, class leader of Yi-Lan country Wu-Jie town organic farm class. FANG annually plants rice in his 50-hectare land where SINGTEX® adopted a hectare. SINGTEX® employees visit FANG twice each year to help transplant the seedlings in March and harvest rice in August. The harvest will then be shared with SINGTEX® partners during the mid-autumn festival. Because of FANG’s dedication to organic planting, he was awarded by the government in 2015.
|FANG said, “Most farmers know how to plant rice but lack knowledge on how to market them. SINGTEX® annual support provides us great assistance as it ensures steady earnings and allowed me to focus on growing crops.”