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October, 23, 2016

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The Yunlin Agriculture Exposition has attracted more than 900,000 visitors since it opened last Dec. 25, a result the county chief has described as "beyond expectations."
Martin Walsh, deputy representative of the Australian Office Taipei, said Wednesday that he recognized the Yunlin County government's efforts to create a safe and friendly environment for local farmers.
The Yunlin County government said Tuesday it will launch a postcard service, which will allow visitors to write themselves a "message to the future" at its agriculture expo on Jan. 1.
Around 40 hectares of coffee fields in the Gukeng (古坑) area of Yunlin County (雲林縣) are reportedly being savaged by borer beetles, the Gukeng Township Office reported yesterday, saying that authorities will strengthen farm management in an attempt to stem the tide of the infestation.
Yunlin County Councilor Tsai Chiu-min (蔡秋敏) was accused by her fellow Yunlin County Government officials of verbal and physical violence, after she reportedly turned over the table of a department chief and used loud language during her visit.
About 17,000 visited the Yunlin Agri-Expo on the first day of its trial operation yesterday. The purpose of the trial was to test the conditions of facilities and staff services, said the Yunlin County Government. Yunlin County Magistrate Su Chih-fen pointed out that there are some problems that need to be addressed. For example, signs are not clear enough for people to read, leading people to complain that it was like walking in a maze, sources said.
Yunlin County in southern Taiwan announced yesterday that a series of art exhibitions it held across the county's 13 districts in nine townships were part of a cultural festival to help attract visitors.
The Yunlin County Government has held a screening of short films about local farmers as a precursor to an upcoming agriculture exposition in the county.
Over 170 stores and retailers in Yunlin County's Huwei Township now accept Citizen Travel Cards in anticipation of the central county's agriculture expo set for the end of the year.
There are more than twice the number of storage tanks in Formosa Plastics Group's (FPG's) sprawling petrochemical complex in Yunlin County as reported, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Tuesday.
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