Center bids goodbye to Director Yu-Tsai Huang
FFTC recently hosted a farewell party for Director Yu-Tsai Huang, who resigned as director of the Center effective January 1, 2017. Dr. Huang, who started his stint with the Center, last July 2, 2012, has officially retired and will be focusing on his personal pursuits. In the span of four years, Director Huang has been on top of FFTC’s programs and projects which include its yearly workshops, seminars and symposia. He initiated, conceptualized and managed the FFTC-Agricultural Policy Platform, a website of agricultural policy articles written by experts and scholars in the Asian Pacific region. Likewise, he also led the marketing studies of tropical fruits in selected countries of the region and pushed for the conduct of workshops on the production and marketing of dragonfruit or pitaya, a promising tropical fruit.
Prior to his FFTC post, Director Huang used to be the Deputy Minister of the Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, Taiwan ROC, a position he held from 2008-2012. His career started in 1984 when he finished his PhD in Food science at the Cornell University, USA. Returning to Taiwan, he started as a Senior Specialist of COA, a position he held for five years. From there, he rose from the ranks and became the Chief of Agricultural marketing Division, Deputy Director of the Food and Agricultural Department and subsequently, its Director General until 2001. In the next seven years, Dr. Huang held three more posts at the COA: Director of the Taiwan District Agricultural Improvement Station (2001-2002); Director General, the Central Region Office (2002-2004) and Director General, Agriculture and Food Agency (2004-2008).
Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin, a professor of agricultural economics at the National Taiwan University will replace Dr. Huang as FFTC Director starting February 1, 2017.
Director Yu-Tsai Huang has served the Center for four years. He has been instrumental in initiating the FFTC-Agricultural Policy Platform and the on-going research and network on tropical fruits.
Before he ended his term, Director Yu-Tsai Huang paid a courtesy call to Datuk Adeline Leong, President, Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre in Taipei. The two officials conducted exploratory talks on how to further strengthen the partnership between FFTC and Malaysia.
Director Huang poses with the FFTC professional and administrative staff.