Organic and Eco-friendly Farming Areas
Since 2017, the Council of Agriculture has suggested a new agricultural innovation promotion plan, with “promoting organic and environmentally friendly farming” as the key policy project. By the end of June 2021, there were 16 accredited certification bodies, including 15 certification bodies of organic agricultural products and 1 certification body for livestock products in Taiwan. The area of certified organic farmland was 11,468 hectares and a total of 41 eco-friendly farming promotion groups have been recognized, which registered an eco-friendly farming area of 5,041 hectares, yielding a total area of 16,509 hectares, accounting for 2.09% of available cultivated land in Taiwan. Compared with the area of organic and eco-friendly farming of 11,569 hectares at the end of 2018, it has increased by 42.7% (see Figure 1). The number of units that passed organic certification was 4,273, with an average area of organic certification of 2.68 hectares per unit.