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Consultation meeting with agricultural experts


In lieu of the fact that there is no Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting conducted this year (the TAC meeting is held once every two years), the FFTC management thought it wise to consult with prominent agricultural experts to discuss current trends and agricultural issues. The goal is to elicit suggestions on possible projects and activities which FFTC should focus on in the coming years.

On August 3, 2017, nine top agriculture experts representing Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA), the academe, research institutes and other agricultural agencies attended the said consultation meeting and participated in the discussion which was chaired and hosted by FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin.  Highlights of the current agricultural issues and trends discussed are the following: in animal science the top issues which ought to be given importance are heat stress in farm animals, extreme weather brought about by climate change, empowering farmers through provision of simple and affordable ICT tools and gadgets, application of AI in animal production,  emerging animal diseases, friendly, easy and efficient production systems including waste management which are linked to green agriculture.

It was also suggested to tackle the use of friendly ICT tools that can integrate activities in the fields of livestock, forestry and fishery, as well as circular agriculture which provides alternative energy, the importance of agricultural policies and especially those related to disaster risks and disaster management, the promotion of food safety as an important issue in today’s agriculture, particularly in the area of water quality and soil preservation.

Another important current issue discussed is the use of Artificial Intelligence in agriculture especially in the areas of soil fertility and ecology. It was mentioned that a concept known as Society 5.0, a “super smart” society, where science and technology innovation are used to address problems like aging population and agriculture.

The agriculture experts suggested more possible workshop topics or themes which FFTC can consider in the next years. These include: How to reduce the use of antibiotics in animal health, R&D on probiotics, importance of food security in rural and industrial production, smart farming systems including the use of “turnkey” and total solutions to help farmers reduce heat stress (e.g. humidity detector, mist), citrus HLB, banana panama disease, coffee rust, papaya ringspot virus, passion fruit diseases, risk management, role of women in rural development, and developing a system for urban farming.

MOU between FFTC and NARO
    
In October 3, 2017, FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and Dr. Akihiro Sasaki, Senior Vice President of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with both parties agreeing to strengthen, facilitate, promote and develop scientific and technological cooperation in the areas of agriculture on the basis of equality and mutual benefits. The agreement includes the encouragement of joint research and development projects, capacity and institution building through training, programs, workshops, etc., dissemination of information on scientific, technical and economic matters concerning agriculture and any other forms of cooperation to be determined and mutually agreed upon by both parties.

MOU between FFTC and DLP-MARD

An International seminar on "Boar Semen Application for Pig Quality Improvement" was held in Vietnam National University of Agriculture, Hanoi, Vietnam on November 9. Before the opening of the seminar the signature ceremony of MOU between FFTC and Department of Livestock Production, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (DLP-MARD) was signed by Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and Dr. Thanh Van Huang, Director of Department of Livestock Production, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

 

FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and Deputy Director Dr. Akio Takenaka discuss the program flow before the actual meeting started.
The consultation meeting’s purpose is to generate ideas and seek suggestions regarding the possible workshops
and activities which the Center could embark on in the future.

The Center management gathered prominent agricultural experts in Taiwan to discuss and brainstorm current agricultural issues.
Seated from L to R: Dr. Jui-Jen Chou, VP, Ilan University; FFTC Deputy Director Dr. Akio Takenaka;
FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin; Dr. Huu Sheng Lur, Dean, College of Bio-resources and Agriculture, NTU;
Director General Dr. Junne-Jih Chen, Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute.  
Standing  from L to R: Dr. Shih-Torng Ding, Dept. of Animal Science and Technology, NTU; Ms. Yuping Chen, Assistant Researcher, FFTC;
Dr. Ting-Hsuan Hung, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, NTU; Mr. Ronald Mangubat, Information Officer, FFTC; Dr. Dar-Yuan, Lee,
Dept. of Agricultural Chemistry, NTU; Ms. Tracy Tarng, Dept. of International Affairs, COA; Dr. Chen-Te Huang,
Agricultural Policy Research Center, Director General Dr. Jeng-Fang Huang, Taiwan Livestock Research Institute, Dr. Wantien Tsai,
FFTC Agricultural Specialist; and Mr. Chu-Feng Hsu, FFTC Administrative Officer.
 

FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and Deputy Director Dr. Akio Takenaka interact with the invited agricultural experts in Taiwan.
During the three-hour meeting, it is suggested that FFTC should find its niche and it should consider how the farmers could
co-exist and co-benefit with bigger organizations.

In the said meeting, it was suggested that the use of friendly ICT tools be tackled and integrated
in the future workshops and seminars of the Center.

FFTC Director Dr. Kuo- Ching Lin summarizes the important points in the meeting and tells the group that the suggestions are all noted and
will be considered in the crafting of the Center’s future activities.
 

Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and Dr. Akihiro Sasaki, Senior Vice President of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)
sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which basically seals the further cooperation of both organizations in venturing into
developmental projects. The MOU signing takes place in Tsukuba, Japan.


Before the opening of the seminar an MOU signing between FFTC and  Vietnam’s Department of Livestock Development,
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is signed by Dr. Kuo- Ching Lin (Director of FFTC) and
Dr. Huang Thanh Van (Director of Department of Livestock Production, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) transpired.
Two of the witnesses at the back are FFTC Deputy Director Dr. Akio Takenaka (2nd from right) and
Dr. Synan Baguio, Acting Director, Livestock Division of PCAARRD (rightmost).