Two Interesting Part-Time Farmers In Taiwan

Two Interesting Part-Time Farmers In Taiwan

We met two part-time farmers who have their own lucrative main businesses during our trip to Central Taiwan (Taichung, Nantou and Changhua) from May 28 to June 1, 2019. One of them is Lin Jui-Wen whose family operates the Vienna Pleasance Cottage in the tourist area of Cing Jing in Nantou county. Nantou is high up there in the mountains which is the only place in Taiwan that snows. The vacation facilities at Vienna are earning good income for the family but Lin Jui-Wen simply loves farming which is also profitable.

Two Interesting Part-Time Farmers In Taiwan
Vienna Pleasance Cottage owner and part-time farmer Lin Jui-Wen is flanked by his wife Wang Ying Yu and Zac B. Sarian at the entrance of their villa.
Two Interesting Part-Time Farmers In Taiwan
Lin Jui-Wen harvested 120 tons of Kiwi in 2018 which grossed him NT$26,400,000 or about P50 million in Philippine money.

He has a six-hectare farm where he grows tea, plum and kiwi.  He says that kiwi has been most profitable for him last year. He harvested 120 tons of kiwi which he sold at PNT$220 per kilo which translates to more than P50 million in Philippine money. He has only 7 permanent farm workers performing various chores in his farm. In the Vienna Cottage lodging facilities, six employees are helping the couple and their daughter in the daily operations. A son is in Japan managing a hotel.

Two Interesting Part-Time Farmers In Taiwan
LIN JUI-WEN showing his harvest of luscious plum.
Two Interesting Part-Time Farmers In Taiwan
The Vienna Pleasance Cottage in the tourist area of Cing Jing in Nantou county.

ORGANIC ARABICA COFFEE GROWER –  Chiu Chiao-Amiao has a lucrative furniture business in Taiwan and Malaysia but he simply loves farming so that about ten years ago, he bought a 9-acre property inTaichung at a very high price. That’s where he grows organic Arabica coffee and various organic vegetables.

Two Interesting Part-Time Farmers In Taiwan
Chiu Chiao-Amiao was interviewed by Zac B. Sarian (right) with the aid of interpreter Chilli Wu of the Taichung Department of Tourism.

He admits that the furniture business is much more profitable than farming but farming can be very fulfilling. He is very proud of his Arabica coffee that he grows the organic way. Last season, he was able to harvest 8,000 kilos of Arabica beans which he himself processed and which he sells online. He gets the equivalent of P1,500 per kilo of ground coffee.

What’s he is most proud  of is that he pays his 25 farm workers well. Three of them are from Thailand who are paid US$1,200 each per month.

Two Interesting Part-Time Farmers In Taiwan
CHIU CHIAO-AMIAO says the furniture business is more profitable in terms of income but farming has its own rewards. He considers farming very fulfilling.

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