TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Hundreds of Taiwanese farmers are demanding help from the government after steep falls in the prices of bananas, papayas, beans and other crops hurt their incomes.

The protesters from southern Taiwan camped out Saturday in front of the presidential office.

President Ma Ying-jeou has sought to appease the farmers because he needs their support in the presidential election set for January.

The opposition has attacked Ma’s administration, saying he lacks a coherent farm policy and has overlooked farmers’ interests in favor of businesses.

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