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Taiwan - Cops guard watermelons

In order to protect a bumper crop of watermelons in eastern Taiwan’s Hualien County, local police have initiated “Operation Protect Melons,” to protect the gourds from potential thieves.

Hualien’s Yuli Township is renowned for its sweet watermelons and this year -because of a mild spring- a bumper harvest is expected in an area covering 160 hectares.

Many of the watermelon farmers are elderly, and in previous years to prevent thieves from making off with the hard-earned melons, many would have to camp out in the fields at night.

In order to take some of the burden off the farmers, the township has decided for the first time to deploy police in the fields before the harvest.

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