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Councilor Called for Negotiation with County Government Staff in Response to Oyster Farmers’ Complaints

Councilor Called for Negotiation with County Government Staff in Response to Oyster Farmers’ Complaints
11/30/2017
Reporter: Jhuang Huan-Ning/Summary Report

 Dai Bi-Li, an oyster farmer representative, and others complained to Kinmen County Councilor Chen Yu-Zhen yesterday about the time when the oyster fry purchased by the County Government for oyster farmers would be delivered to Kinmen. After Councilor Chen invited the heads of related government departments to hold a negotiation, the Fisheries Research Institute agreed to organize an information session on another day. If most of the oyster farmers agree to postpone the purchase and hanging of oyster fry, which was previously scheduled before the Lunar New Year, until after the Lunar New Year, the Fisheries Research Institute will accommodate their wish, and the County Government will provide all funding support.

Councilor Chen indicated that it is a long-established policy for the County Government to purchase oyster fry for oyster farmers. The purchase and hanging of oyster fry usually took place before the Lunar New Year due to cost considerations. However, the oyster fry were weak and had a low survival rate during the season, and every family was busy with celebrating the Lunar New Year, which often led to poor harvest. Yesterday Dai Bi-Li, Huang Hong-Li, and Huang Shuei-Chang complained to her about this problem, so she immediately invited Fan De-Jheng, Section Chief of the Economic Affairs Department, Yang Wun-Si, Director of the Fisheries Research Institute, and Ke Fong-Jhang, Section Chief of the Fisheries Research Institute, to discuss a solution at her office.

According to Councilor Chen, Section Chief Fan and Director Yang both expressed their sincere intentions to help oyster farmers solve their problem. Yang said that this policy was formed because the purchase costs were lower before the Lunar New Year. Chen responded that even if the purchase costs per unit increase by NT$2-3 after the Lunar New Year, the total cost of the purchase for the more than 160 oyster farmers will only increase by NT$100,000 or so. If the County Government intends to assist and benefit oyster farmers, this amount should not be a big deal.

Yang Wun-Si, Director of the Fisheries Research Institute, then promised to organize an information session at the Fisheries Research Institute on December 13th, so as to collect the opinions of oyster farmers. Should most of the oyster farmers agree to reschedule the delivery of oyster fry to Kinmen to after the Lunar New Year, the Fisheries Research Institute will be more than willing to proceed accordingly. Councilor Chen then phoned Li Bin, Director of the Economic Affairs Department, regarding the additional costs to be incurred, and Li agreed to provide full support in this regard.

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