Growing millet to fight water shortages

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On March 2, Pastor Dai Ming-xiong (戴明雄) – known as Sakinu.Tepiq in the Paiwan language – arrived in Taitung’s Lalaulan Village (拉勞蘭部落) with a special gift of millet and Taiwanese quinoa for indigenous farmers at CSA in Qianjia Community. While at the village, Pastor Dai carried out the rarely seen Millet Planting Ceremony.

Located inside the irrigation district between Hsinchu’s Toucian River (頭前溪) and Fongshan River (鳳山溪), Qianjia Community is included in the government’s phase-one water rationing policy, where a temporary ban on paddy field irrigation has been put in place. Complying with government restrictions and halting irrigation, the indigenous people who rent farmland in the area have been actively searching for suitable drought resistant crops that will allow them to continue farming.

With a higher nutritional value than that of white rice, and possibly the most suitable cereal grains for Taiwanese people, millet and Taiwanese quinoa, two traditional native crops of the island’s indigenous people, have evolved over time into two of the most suitable crops for Taiwan’s climate and soil conditions. Acting as go-between for the two parties, social movement documentary filmmaker Lin Rui-zhu (林瑞珠) has helped bring about a new dawn of millet growing for the indigenous people of Qianjia Community.

Liu Meiling (劉美玲) from the Tayal tribe said that for indigenous people, the year starts with the Millet Planting Ceremony. The Tayal people prepare to sow millet with the onset of cherry blossoms each year, usually coinciding with the spring planting season that follows Chinese New Year. Held prior to the sowing of millet, the Millet Planting Ceremony not only pays respect to tribe’s ancestral spirits, but also prays for a good harvest and asks that the tribe be provided for throughout the year.

Indigenous people have always lived in harmony with nature, so in this time of water shortage, reviving the cultivation of the traditional drought resistant millet crop seems to be the best way of ensuring that the traditional indigenous planting culture remains alive for generations to come.  


Growing millet to fight water shortages 



抗水荒 種小米

3月2日,台東拉勞蘭部落的戴明雄牧師(排灣族名Sakinu.Tepiq),特地送來小米與紅藜種子,致贈給新竹千甲聚落 CSA 農場的原住民農友,同時舉辦難得一見的小米播種祭。




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Growing millet to fight water shortages