Motorists Complain about Peanut Farmers Occupying the Roads


November is peanut harvesting season in Taiwan, and in Yunlin County, peanut farmers take over the roads beside their fields to sun-dry their peanuts. On some roads, they leave one lane open for traffic, but in some cases, they take over the whole road, erecting a barrier at either end, forcing drivers to make lengthy detours.

This traditional practice is drawing complaints from motorists who face the inconvenience of finding an alternative route to their destination. Farmers state that they don’t have an alternative. The farmers set up camp on the road to keep watch over the drying crop day and night for the approximately one week it takes for the peanuts to dry.

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