Taiwan to revise rules to develop green energy on farmlands

March 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Taipei, March 14 (CNA) Agriculture Minister Chen Bao-ji said Thursday his ministry will work toward raising the limit on the percentage of farmlands that can be used for non-agricultural purposes, to pave the way for the development of renewable energy on farms.

The Council of Agriculture (COA) will work with the Ministry of the Interior to revise the regulations on non-urban land use within two months, Chen said.

This will help facilitate the Ministry of Economic Affairs in its efforts to promote wind power, solar power and other renewable forms of energy on prime farmlands in Taiwan’s coastal areas, he said.

Based on food safety considerations, Taiwan’s prime farmlands should be used for farming purposes. But in view of the fact that green energy will not pollute the farmlands, the COA plans to lift the limit to 40 percent.

Currently, some 330,000 hectares of land in Taiwan is designated as prime farmland.

The discussions on renewable energy have come to the forefront amid controversy over the use of nuclear power in Taiwan.

(By Yang Shu-min and Lilian Wu)
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