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Rise of the machines
An automated onion-harvesting machine is unveiled on a Hengchun Peninsula farm Friday. The area has long been one of the biggest local producers of onion, but the aging of the population and shortage of workers in the area had made developing such machinery a necessity.
 
Don't feed the fish
In this undated file photo, a scuba diver is surrounded by tropical fish in Kenting National Park, Pingtung. Park administrators said Thursday they would now strictly enforce the rule that visitors may not feed the wild animals in the park -- a violation subject to a NT$3,000 fine. Home to sika deer, monkeys and rare fish, Kenting has seen a rash of visitors using food to get the animals' attention, park administrators said.
 
Round the Island: Astute fruit marketing
Mini fruit has become a major success in Pingtung.
 
An American in Pingtung has been detained for having marijuana sent to him from the U.S. and could face over five years behind bars, reports said Thursday.
 
Putting prisons to work
The rooftops of Pingtung County's prison are lined with solar panels. The county's prison held a ceremony for the project's completion, making it the first solar-powered prison in Taiwan. Half of the prison's rooftops will be equipped with the panels and rake in NT$720,000 per year for the nation's coffers.
 
An indigenous graduation
Students from Pingtung County's Mudan Elementary School (牡丹國小), dressed in indigenous clothing, jump during a graduation photoshoot. Local photographer Yang Wen-yi (楊文逸) recently embarked on a journey to provide free photoshoots for indigenous schools located in rural areas. During his journey, Yang took graduation photos and put together graduation albums for students at the schools -- all without accepting a dime.
 
A child of the ocean
A child looks at a sting ray swimming at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (國立海洋生物博物館) in Pingtung County. Any child below the age of 12 who visits the aquarium during spring break between April 1 and 4 will receive a free season pass upgrade to their tickets.
 
Meals for seniors, coming right up
A delivery person takes food up to residents in Dawu Village, some 1,000 meters above sea level, in the mountainous Wutai Township, Monday, March 6.
 
Round the Island: A peacock gets collected
A barber in Pingtung wasn't sure what to do when he found a beautiful peacock that was very lost.
 
Marking Mary's return
The Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, commonly known as the Wanchin Church, is seen in this undated photo. The church, located in Wanchin, Pingtung, will hold a procession on Feb. 26 to mark the centennial of the Marian apparition in Fatima, Portugal.
 
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