Hualien farmer honored for breeding award-winning rice
Central News Agency
2014-01-15 10:39 PM
Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) The Hualien County government on Wednesday honored a local farmer who bred a variety of rice that won an award for excellence at an international rice competition in Japan last year. Peng Ching-hsing of Yuli Township was given a cash award of NT$100,000 (US$3,321) by the county government in recognition of his achievement in producing a high-quality rice variety. The 60-year-old farmer was the only Taiwanese to win an award at the competition for rice growers, which was held in Shichikashuku in Miyagi Prefecture, northeast Japan, last November. Peng's rice was among 3,814 entries from the United States, South Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan in the 2013 International Contest on Rice Taste Evaluation, which has been held annually for more than 10 years by the Japanese Association of Rice Taste Appraisers. The competition, which is renowned in Japan, was not opened to foreign contestants until 2008, according to the Hualien County government. Asked about the secret of growing award-winning rice, Peng said he never uses chemical fertilizers or pesticides, as they are harmful to human health. Because of his insistence on growing good quality rice, Peng said, his annual output has been only about 360 tons, always short of demand. (By Lee Hsien-feng and Elizabeth Hsu)
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