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Pingtung County to offer farming training program

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Pingtung County is offering a farming training program for young people with an aim to help them establish agricultural businesses.

The government-run program expects to enroll 72 young students who have lived in the southern county for at least one year.

The county's commissioner, Tsao Chi-hung, said the program aims to encourage young people to return and become the “CEO” of their own farming businesses in Pingtung.

Pingtung is major agricultural county, the products of which have large appeal in Taiwan and other countries, and the young farmers will be encouraged to market their own products in creative ways, he added.

The training takes the form of apprenticeships, during which the students will acquire agricultural know-how from working with their teachers for six to 12 months.

During the training, each student will received NT$10,000 in monthly allowances. Those who choose to work as farmers in Pingtung after the training may apply for a business fund of NT$120,000, plus a monthly NT$10,000 allowance for up to 12 months.

Qualified candidates for the program are those under 45 who have college degrees, or senior high school diplomas (or vocational school equivalents) with two years of work experience.

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