COA chief vows to keep NT$7,000 farmers benefit
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Council of Agriculture (COA) has denied a local rumor that it intends to scrap a NT$7,000 monthly benefit for aged agricultural workers.
February 25, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Insured farmers or fishermen aged 65 years or older receive a NT$7,000 monthly payment for the rest of their lives under the current Old-Age Farmers Welfare Allowance Program.
Earlier this week, local media reported rumors that the COA is looking at scrapping the benefit in national pension reform legislation.
COA Minister Chen Bao-ji (陳保基) announced publicly Saturday that the benefit will stay. “Local officials have said that the COA is about to suspend the farmers' old-age allowance. This is absolutely not true,” he said.
Local candidates for fisheries' and farmers' association councils may be fanning a misleading rumor to strengthen their campaigns, according to Chen.
“Local agriculture and fisheries groups are holding elections. We suspect that's why local leaders are speaking like this,” he said.
“If they (local leaders) want to say on their own behalf that the benefit should be cancelled, then we respect their views,” Chen added.