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Taikang Special Organic Farming Zone
Organic farming is defined as "a method for growing safe and natural farm produce by complying with the principles of sus-tainable utilisation of natural resources and nutrient cycles, by excluding the use of synthetic chemical compounds, and by employing a management system that emphasises soil and wa-ter resource conservation as well as ecological equilibrium."
Taikang Organic Farming Zone was originally a sugarcane field owned by Taiwan Sugar Corporation that measures nearly 45 hectares. Before administrative division reforms, the Tainan County Government rented 24 plots of land from No. 652 Taikang Section of Liouying District from the Corporation (for a 10-year lease) since 10 February, 2008. After general reno-vations and planning, the land was then rented out to a quali-fying bidder in order to create Taiwan's first Organic Farming Zone established by a public agency with production, sales, educational, and recreational purposes.
Site amenities include: Parking lots, operations centers, a res-ervoir, packaging and processing centers, and a farming equipment warehouse. Current crops include: Rice, bananas, pomelos, potatoes, jujube berries, guava, vegetables, passion fruit, lemons, and dragon fruits.
In the future, the area shall integrate eco-tours and recrea-tional farming so that more people can experience the exquis-ite natural environment and ecology of organic farming in the Greater Tainan region. The expanded services shall attract more customers to an exclusive hands-on experience and a chance to pick their own organic farm produce. Taikang Or-ganic Farming Zone plays a key and acts as an important pio-neer of leading green industries and sustainable development in the Greater Tainan region. By establishing organic farming in this area, it is hoped that the practice will grow and spread, making Taikang the perfect national pilot and demonstration locale heralding the future prosperity of organic practice.