To help Indigenous vendors expand their sales channels and increase the visibility of Indigenous products on the market, the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) invested approximately NT$500 million of funding into the promotion of the Sales Channel and Location Establishment Project in eight counties and cities across Taiwan: Yilan County, Hsinchu County, Taichung City, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, and Taitung County. The project helps local governments establish physical sales locations and offers sales channel expansion opportunities in nearby consumer markets for products manufactured in Indigenous areas.
CIP Deputy Minister Calivat Gadu noted that among the eight locations selected by the CIP in 2018, the Pingtung Harvest is the first exhibition stores center that was completely developed from scratch. In addition to an investment of NT$50 million, the CIP guided the entire process of transforming empty houses into an operational venue that consists of different spaces, each with its own characteristics. Although the CIP is proud of this accomplishment, this is only our first step; the most important issue going forward is the continued promotion of Indigenous industries. We hope that this venue can become an icon of the Indigenous areas in Pingtung and a major channel for the public to learn about Indigenous communities.
The Pingtung Harvest officially opened to the public today (May 8) and is located at one of Pingtung’s most popular tourist spots, the Victory Star VIP Zone. It is a cultural and creative hub that was renovated from the housing of a former military dependents’ village. Inside the zone are restaurants and various stores selling cultural and creative products. We hope that the launch of the Pingtung Harvest will bring even greater diversity to the Victory Star VIP Zone.
The Pingtung Harvest is a venue that combines multiple functions. It offers a sales platform for Indigenous vendors to sell their high-quality products at a popular tourist spot, while also providing visitors with dining services, confectionaries, audio-visual entertainment, and creative spaces for the whole family. If you are interested in experiencing Indigenous cultures and purchasing Indigenous-made products, visit the Pingtung Harvest on weekends to enjoy the arts and everyday life of the Indigenous peoples!