Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rice Fields in Ludong, Yilan County , Taiwan

Rice Fields of Yilan County , Taiwan

Yilan County is located at the northeast corner of Taiwan, surrounded on 3 sides by lofty mountains. The east side borders the Pacific Ocean, with Turtle Island at the opening to the ocean guarding over the Lanyang Plain. The entire Lanyang Plain is an alluvial delta irrigated by the Lanyang River and other secondary rivers, with Neodou, Sanxing Township at the bottom of this fan-shaped plain.

The beautiful rice fields were established in Yilan for over 200 years by Pioneers with hard work and has not changed much since .

Most of the Rice Fields are owned by Independent Owners
but they often use Contract Farmers to plant their crops .

The Farmer and family members often do the weeding
and general housekeeping of the crops

The rice planting are often staggered to allow different harvesting times .

This lot is not producing any grain yet .

This lot is heavy with grains

The rice stalks are heavy with grains and almost ready for harvesting

The rice grown in Yilan is considered the
second best in the country, after Taitung.

The rice grown in the Wujie Township , know as
the Koshihikari is rated as the best in Province of Yilan .

Most of the rice fields attract a variety of birds
- wild Fouls and White Storks are a common sight .

Comments :-
Yilan Province , a green, fertile plain surrounded on all sides by high mountains and the Pacific Ocean, has long been legendary for its stunning ocean views, hot spring resorts and vibrant cultural legacy.
Traditionally an isolated area accessible only by rail and winding mountain roads, Yilan County is home to a self-reliant, pioneering spirit brought by settlers who came here to farm the fertile plain in the late 18th century.

Today, Yilan is connected to the rest of northern Taiwan by Asia’s second-longest tunnel, making it a mere hour drive from Taipei on a smooth and straight freeway. Modern Yilan has become a surfer’s paradise and a popular weekend getaway. But in addition to its natural beauty, Yilan is also home to centuries of tradition and history waiting to be explored.

The fertile plains of Yilan could sustain two crops per annum but with Taiwan joining the WTO , the Government has introduced subsidy to entice the Farmers to reduce the cultivation to one crop annually.

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