Ac­tivist added to board of Taipei mar­ket­ing com­pany

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Yang Ju- men ( ) , an ac­tivist known as the “Rice Bomber,” on Wed­nes­day was ap­pointed to serve on the board of di­rec­tors of the Taipei Agri­cul­tural Prod­ucts Mar­ket­ing Co., a com­pany es­tab­lished by Taipei City’s Depart­ment of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment.

In the newly es­tab­lished tra­di­tion of us­ing an un­con­ven­tional re­cruit­ing process ad­vo­cated by Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) the Taipei City gov­ern­ment had elected to re­serve a board of di­rec­tors seat for Yang, as op­posed to its ear­lier plan to se­lect all five can­di­dates from the public sec­tor.

A Taipei City gov­ern­ment re­cruit­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber who rec­om­mended Yang said that as a farmer of the younger gen­er­a­tion and a long-time pro­po­nent for re­forms of the mar­ket­ing of fresh pro­duce, he rep­re­sents the much needed new blood for Tai­wan’s agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

Yang said that there are many short­com­ings in the cur­rent sys­tem of mar­ket­ing Tai­wan’s agri­cul­tural prod­ucts.

Farm­ers are ren­dered pow­er­less against Tai­wan’s in­equitable agri­cul­ture mar­ket, and of­ten bear the bur­den of high volatil­ity in the prices of their crops, he con­tin­ued.

Yang de­clined to give in­sights on what he hopes to ac­com­plish in his new post, say­ing that he would not re­peat what politi­cians do — ac­com­plish­ing lit­tle of what is promised.

Be­tween 2003 and 2004, Yang was re­spon­si­ble for plant­ing 17 rice-filled im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices across Tai­wan in an bid to arouse public aware­ness of the gov­ern­ment’s ne­glect of farm­ers, such as its de­ci­sion to al­low rice im­ports into Tai­wan in ac­cor­dance with World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion rules.

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