To prevent theft of crops, police in Yunlin County have stepped up patrols of peanut farms in the area as the potential for theft has increased with prices.
Due to heavy rain in the last month, peanut crops have been poor, with harvests decreasing by 30-40%, Apple Daily reported. This has led to an increase in wholesale prices, which has been passed downstream to peanut products such as oil. The wholesale peanut price has risen to NT$45-50 per jin (1.32 lbs.).
To prevent thieves from stealing crops, which has been a problem with produce around Taiwan, the police have set up a “bean protection service,” which will mostly monitor the farms from evening to early morning to reduce the hardship on farmers.
Yunlin County has 4,737 hectares of peanut farmland this year. In 2015, Taiwan’s peanut harvest totaled 62,083 metric tons over 20,700 hectares of farmland, according to statistics from the National Development Council. Peanut production hit its peak in 1965 at 125,817 metric tons.