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2019-08-06 | 公共電視

Foreign Students Volunteer to Help Farmers in Peak Harvest|彌補農忙人力短缺 大學生組農業生力軍

Taiwan faces the shortage of agricultural labor especially during peak harvest season. Students from MingDao University in Taiwan's Changhua County have organized their own team of volunteers to lend a helping hand.

A group of young students plowing fields under the sun. Some of them are foreign students from Eswatini, Taiwan's diplomatic ally in South Africa.

(Where are you from?) We're from Eswatini. (From Eswatini?) Yes. (What are you guys doing here?) We are helping Taiwan's farmers.

Some students are busy tilling the soil while others are harvesting cabbages. This group of students are volunteers from MingDao University. The team consists of local students as well as 42 foreign students.

Originally, I wanted only to get a few students to form the team. Then I found out that we don't have enough stamina (for the tasks in the field). I then sought out some athletes to join my team. Many in the field are athletes.

The convener of the team said that he started by helping the farmers in Xizhou Township, and more and more students joined his effort along the way. The university said that, although Taiwan's agricultural industry is gradually becoming more and more specialized, it still needs a large number of short-term workers during peak seasons.

(The harvesting of) leafy vegetables brings peak demand for short-term workers, the demand is seasonal. We hope that the students from programs related to the agricultural industry could help local farmers.

Unless someone has a dedicated team to help them with harvest, it's hard to find help.

The university said that they provide these students with insurance and job opportunities in accordance to their agreement with the Council of Agriculture. It also said that they pay foreign students who participate in the effort with proper wages enough to cover their daily expenses.

拿著鐵犁在田間翻土,雖然頂著烈日,這群人卻不喊苦,仔細一看他們不僅年輕,對於田間的農事更是感興趣,這些是來自史瓦帝尼的外籍學生。

外籍學生表示:「(你們是哪裡人?) 我們是史瓦帝尼人!(史瓦帝尼嗎?)對!對!(你們在這做什麼?) 我們要幫助台灣農夫。」

有人用跑百米的速度,一下子就完成翻土工作,有人頂著烈日,在田間幫忙採收高麗菜,這群來自明道大學的農業服務團,是由學生自發性組成,包含本土和外籍學生,其中外籍學生就有42名。

發起同學 江貞輝表示:「我(原本)想說,找找同學就去了,可是體能,就有落差了,後來就找些運動選手,我們都是運動選手來這邊工作。」

發起的江同學說,原本是自發性在彰化溪州附近協助幫忙,後來加入者越來越多。校方表示,雖然台灣農業漸漸走向專業和精緻化,但採收期和農忙時期,還是需要大批短期性勞力投入。

明道大學應用科學院長 劉程煒表示:「短期葉菜類,可能,他就是人力需求的高峰,所以季節性的人力需求,是我們希望,這些農業相關科系的學生,能夠協助在地農民。」

當地農民 劉先生表示:「(除非採收期)有固定班底,常常有配合好的,不然你臨時要找,真的找不到。」

校方表示,除了透過農委會的農業打工計畫,提供保險和媒合,參與的外籍學生,工資也比照台灣法規標準發放,也讓他們得以支付生活,創造多贏局面。

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