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Achievements in Creating and Optimizing Unique Agrotourism Elements

2021-03-19
1. Farm-to-table eco-friendly agrotourism: The TTDARES has provided guidance to communities and indigenous villages in Taitung on the R&D of eco-friendly, unique foods so as to develop agrotourism focused on using local special crops as food ingredients. We provided guidance to five restaurants in the community/indigenous villages in 2015, 14 restaurants in the East Rift Valley region in 2015, 15 restaurants along the coast in 2017, and 16 restaurants along the South Link Highway region in 2018. Taking place at eco-friendly dining establishments in communities/indigenous villages, the program connected agrotourism focused on local food ingredients in the three regions mentioned above, creating routes of unique agrotourism. Thus, from 2015 to 2018, the TTDARES has checked and provided guidance to 50 farm-to-table restaurants in these regions, and the number of agrotourists during that period totaled 5,224,000 (including repeats). As can be seen, Taitung is a tourist destination with unparalleled features.
2. Compilation and printing of three volumes of the Farm-to-table Eco-friendly Tourism Series (one for each of the abovementioned regions) from 2016 to 2018: The series introduced 50 community/indigenous village farm-to-table restaurants and connected agrotourism focused on local food ingredients in the three regions, creating routes of unique agrotourism and promoting indigenous-village economies.
3. Guidance for the Homemakers Classes and Tian-Mama Restaurants: 53 healthy recipes were published on the TTDARES website. In addition, R&D on recipes with herbs, gac, djulis, and indigenous vegetables was conducted and reported on extensively by various media outlets. We held a total of 18 cooking workshops and trainings on the use of local special crops for the Tian-Mama Restaurants, which were completed by 1,820 participants. We also held eight cooking contests based on local ingredients, which attracted 1,200 people. The achievements from these events were shared with the Tian-Mama Restaurants, B&B owners, hotels, and those in the agrotourism business. The annual economic benefits from the application of these achievements are estimated to exceed NT$70 million.
4. Achievement exhibitions: The TTDARES held two open house events, the Farm-to-table: Great Local Food event and the Delectable Local Farm Food event, at which local farmers, industrialists, and schools took part in presenting food and agriculture education achievements, allowing attendees to see the abundance and diversity of the agriculture industry’s development in Taitung.

The TTDARES launched events for community/indigenous village restaurants that connected agrotourism focused on local food ingredients in the East Rift Valley, coastal, and South Link regions. We also published the Farm-to-table Eco-friendly Tourism Series (one for each of the abovementioned regions) to activate new customer/tourist sources. We helped community/indigenous village restaurants become R&D bases for creative foods made of local ingredients and helped connect primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors as a new driving force for the local economy.