The statistics showed the island wide acreage of muskmelon was 2,767 ha in 2012, and most of them were in Tainan (55.2%), followed by Yuinlin (16.6%) and Chiayi (13.5%). The service area of Tainan DARES accounted for 85.3% of the total. The average fruit yield was 1.3 tons/ha, and most of them were grown in the plastic tunnels.
Tainan DARES has released 2 muskmelon varieties in recent years. The variety Tainan No.11 is characterized in red pulp with resistance to powdery mildew and heat tolerance. Tainan No.12 is green pulp and resistant to powdery mildew, and is high yielding in the cold seasons.
The acreage of oriental melon was 2,082 ha in 2012, and most of them were grown in Kaohsiung (29.6%), followed by Yuinlin (18.2%) and Pingtung (18.2%). The service area of Tainan DARES accounted for 40.4% of the total, and the average yield was 1.2 tons/ha. Most oriental melon is grown in the open filed. Some of them were planted in the protected facilities with up-right sticks. The profit of the latter cultivation model increased 5 times.