Dr. Yu served as chairman of the Council of Agriculture, Executive
Yuan, in the Government of Taiwan from 1988 to 1992. As
chairman, he was effectively the Minister of Agriculture of Taiwan.
Since stepping down from the chairmanship in 1992 for
health reasons, Dr. Yu has served as an advisor to the Council of
Agriculture. Prior to holding the office of chairman, he was the
Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry of the Taiwan Provincial
government. In the early days of his career, Dr. Yu was
progressively an associate professor, professor, and then Chairman
of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the National
Chung Hsing University.
In 1972 Dr. Yu became a senior specialist with the ChineseAmerican
Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction. He was
appointed senior specialist of the Planning and Programming
Division following the Commission's reorganization into the
Council for Agricultural Planning and Development, a cabinet
advisory agency. Five months later, Dr. Yu accepted the post as
president of the National Chiayi Junior College of Agriculture.
As Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry in the Taiwan
provincial government, he was cited dozens-of times by the
government for his meritorious service. Dr. Yu was elected a
member of the Kuomintang Central Committee at the 13th
congress and was then, shortly after, appointed the chairman of
the Council of Agriculture, the highest policy-making body for
agricultural affairs. He was particularly effective in influencing
national agricultural policy. His direction led to many policy
changes including: agricultural price policy, marketing cooperatives,
water and irrigation policy, energy policy, farmland taxation,
farm mechanization, environmental policy, and rural health
insurance. Dr. Yu has been a driving force for Taiwan's modernization
of agriculture with a humanistic approach.