NAIMI GRAPE LEISURE FARM: Taiwan’s Only Organic Grape Farm

NAIMI GRAPE LEISURE FARM: Taiwan's Only Organic Grape Farm
NAIMI GRAPE LEISURE FARM: Taiwan's Only Organic Grape Farm
ZAC B. SARIAN posing with a couple of bunches of organic grapes at the Naimi Grape Leisure Farm.

HUANG SHI WEI is the owner of the only organic grape farm in Taiwan, the Naimi Grape Leisure Farm in Dachun township, Changhua County. Huang, now 60, has been planting grapes for 40 years. In 30 years, he was growing his grapes the conventional way, using pesticides to control diseases and chemical fertilizers to nourish his plants.

NAIMI GRAPE LEISURE FARM: Taiwan's Only Organic Grape Farm
A HAPPY HUANG SHI WEI posing with a bunch of his organic grapes.

Later, he realized that the conventional way of growing grapes was harmful to the environment and to the farmer himself. So he decided to shift to organic farming. It took him seven years to convert his farm into an organic farm. He enriched the soil with organic fertilizers that include beneficial organisms and enzymes.

HUANG SHI WEI (second from left) and his visitors in his grape farm.
HUANG SHI WEI (second from left) and his visitors in his grape farm.

In the seven years that took him to shift to organic farming, he did not make money from his farm. Today, however, his organic farming is paying off.  He is harvesting at least 2,000 kilos from each hectare of his 2.6-hectare farm.

Huang exports most of his harvest to Hong Kong where he gets paid NT$370 per kilo. This is almost four times the usual price of NT100 per kilo of the traditionally produced grapes. Huang’s grapes produce big fruits that are sweet, juicy and safe to eat.

NAIMI GRAPE LEISURE FARM: Taiwan's Only Organic Grape Farm
HELEN HAO, travel agent, poses with a bunch of organic grapes.

The plants are trellised and each fruit bunch is protected from rain and too much sun by a sturdy white sheet atop each bunch.

NAIMI GRAPE LEISURE FARM: Taiwan's Only Organic Grape Farm
ORGANIC GRAPES are big, juicy, sweet and very nice and safe to eat.

Our group consisting of four media persons and several travel agents from the Philippines visited Huang’s farm courtesy of the Taiwan Leisure Farms Development Association. Leo Fang, international marketing manager of TLFDA, was very helpful throughout our visit to eight leisure farms on June 21-25, 2015.

NAIMI GRAPE LEISURE FARM: Taiwan's Only Organic Grape Farm
LEO FANG, international marketing manager of TLFDA, posing with a bunch of organic grapes.

 

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3 thoughts on “NAIMI GRAPE LEISURE FARM: Taiwan’s Only Organic Grape Farm

      1. Thank you very much, I would like when will be the next AANI bazar in QC circle, I would like to start urban farming in my area. or any contact number that I can inquire.

        More power!
        Herbert Magwali

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