Farmers in Yunlin County are plowing their crops of leafy vegetables back into the ground and using them as ‘green manure’ due to a collapse in prices for cabbage, rape, bok-choi, and other leafy vegetables.
Low prices have plagued farmers since the Chinese Lunar New Year when the price of cabbage fell so low that farmers invited consumers to come and pick their own cabbages for NT$10 (US$0.33) per kilogram. Recently the farm-gate price for cabbages fell to NT$5 per kg, and other vegetables to less than NT$10 per kg.
Farmer Cheng Jin-sen (程進森) told a United Daily News reporter that market prices couldn’t cover the cost of harvesting, packaging, and other farm and market costs.
Tractor driver Liao Zhi-rong (廖志榮) said he had begun receiving work to plow crops in 10 days ago, and that several farmers are waiting for him to plow. He estimated that the work will last another 2 weeks.
Source: United Daily News