Hydroponic vegetables as a bright spot
Organic maltose is renowned both at country and overseas
Educational Farm of Hydroponic Farming
Educational Farm of Hydroponic Farming

Dapi Township, Yunlin County is a reputed rice stockpile, with a large area of ​​natural field scenery, and the tranquility and simplicity of the countryside. The Jiaxing Village here focuses on hydroponic vegetables, and the organic malt paste is popular even overseas, developing into a unique agro-tourism experience.

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The “Hydroponic Education Farm” covers an area of ​​about one hectare. Originally, only lettuce was planted. Quality and yield are not affected by the soil, each plant grows strong, clean and safe. However, the quality of the lettuce is still dependent on fate, and the low economic value of vegetables hurt farmers.

Xu Mingyuan turned to hydroponic wheatgrass and strawberries in winter, and developed malt paste and freeze-dried strawberries on his own. He surprisingly gained a good reputation and pioneered the advent of specialty agricultural tourism, making a farm beyond no only farming a farm. The tour experience revolves around hydroponic vegetables, from seeding, transplanting. to harvesting, and then picking the leaves for packaging. Each step of the process has proved quite interesting to tourists who are accustomed to soil farming, and they get to know hydroponic farming and plant ecology without getting their hands dirty.

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Xu Mingyuan graduated from business school. When he was 26 years old, he was working in a gravel factory, but he had a longing for farming. He borrowed money and built a farm impulsively. He naively thought that all he needed was to follow the standard procedure of others. But the difference between his former and current career was substantial, and he started losing money the following year.

“It’s a trap!” Xu Mingyuan says while shaking his head. Hydroponic vegetables are a niche market. There are no old timers to seek advice, and no research books, and definitely no way to do research online at that time. Challenges such as water-soluble oxygen, trace elements, pests and diseases, sunshine, air pressure and other factors that adversely affect growth came one after the other. Any research and breakthroughs had to be done on your own, and profit was nonexistent for 16 years.

He learnt to process maltose using hydroponic wheatgrass, focusing on the process of hydrolysis and saccharification. The proportion of glutinous rice and level of heat had to be precise. He insisted on using the brown sugar method, once mishap and the entire urn would be wasted. He joked that he was giving away his product for free for the first three years.

Fortunately, persistence paid off. Both the organic and traditional malt extracts were popular with the public. 5,000 cans were sold in the fourth year, and now tens of thousand of cans are sold consistently, and have become signature souvenirs.

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No. 197-1, Jiaxing E. Rd., Dapi Township, Yunlin County 631041 , Taiwan (R.O.C.)



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