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Smart Use of Fertilizers for Environmentally Friendly Agriculture

Background and rationale

To promote the importance of fertilization management, demonstrate the Taiwan's advanced agricultural technology, and to strengthen the relationships among countries in the Asia-Pacific region, Two years ago, the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) collaborated with the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) and the Taichung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station and organized an “International Training Course on Smart Use of Fertilizers to Improve Crop Production and Soil Conservation” in Taichung, Taiwan, on 10-16 May 2015. The five-day intensive training course introduced the extension specialists from the Asian and Pacific region the concepts, theories and applications of using fertilizers the smart way. There were keynote and oral presentations, lab practices, field studies and discussions on the best way to apply fertilizers in different types of soils planted to different crops and growing in different agro-climatic conditions. After exchange of information among the participants on the program, they recommended to conduct a similar training program annually or regularly to benefit more regional extension specialists; to focus on specialized issues, crops, farm management, green fertilizers and global trend of fertilizer management and application etc.

To address the above mentioned recommendations, to foster the sharing of experiences and technologies in practical ways, and to promote the adaptation of environmentally friendly linked agricultural approaches, materials, and experiences. FFTC, the Taichung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (TDARES), Pingtung Agricultural Biotechnology Park (PABP) plan to organize a “Workshop on Smart Use of Fertilizers for Environmentally Friendly Agriculture”. This workshop aims to tackle issues on 1) Recent developments and applications of conventional and environmentally friendly fertilizers; 2) Smart use of fertilizers for increased crop production, environmental sustainability, and soil conservation; 3) Advancement of technologies and environmental friendly agro-bio material products.


  • To exchange knowledge and experiences on smart fertilization technologies among countries 
  • To consolidate information and skills on the promotion of environmentally friendly agricultural fertilizer use and to disseminate them to the public
  • To strengthen international cooperation among regional agricultural institutions and experts
Major findings and recommendations
  1. Encourage the development and promotion of smart products and diagnostic or decision support tools for smart fertilization;
  2. Disseminate information on the benefits and use of control release fertilizers, biofertilizers and nano-fertilizers to the farmers;
  3. Conduct more studies on modification of carbon storage and increased utilization of manure;
  4. Create modules and programs on soil management and smart fertilization to enhance and develop the skills of extension workers; and
  5. Invite farmers and private sector members to collaborate with researchers and policymakers, and encourage their participation in policy decision making on soil management.



Smart Management of Soils and Fertilizers | Paper : 
Prof. Dr. Kazuyuki INUBUSHI


Rational Nitrogen Fertilization in Paddy Rice: the Taiwan Experience | Paper :  PPT: 
Mr. Chi-Fang CHIANG

The Way forward: Smart Fertilizer Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture in the Philippines | Paper :  PPT: 
Dr. Pearl Basilio SANCHEZ

Research and Development of Organic Fertilizers in Korea: the Smart Use of Organic Materials | Paper :  PPT: 
Ms. Cho-Rong LEE

Biofertilizers R&D, Regulations and Policy in Malaysia | Paper :  PPT: 
Ms. Nor Fadilah Binti ABD. HALIM

Fertilizer Production and Utilization in Vietnam | Paper :  PPT: 
Dr. Chon Quang NGUYEN

Water Soluble NPK Fertilizer and Effect of Fertigation Technique on Yield of Tomato Black Pepper in Vietnam | Paper :  PPT: 
Dr. Phuong Duy NGUYEN

Effects of the Appropriate Fertilization and Sod Culture on the Quality of Waxapple | Paper :  PPT: 
Dr. Yong-Hong LIN

Fertilization of Grapes in Taiwan | Paper :  PPT: ​​​​​​​
Ms. Ya-Wen KUO


The Production and Smart Use of High Quality Vermicompost | Paper :  PPT: ​​​​​​​
Dr. Jen-Hshuan CHEN

Development and Application of Controlled Release Fertilizer “MEISTER (Coated Urea)” | Paper :  PPT: ​​​​​​​
Ms. Szu-Ying TUNG


Appropriate Biochar Technology for Driving Organic Farming and Sustainable Resource Management in Thailand | Paper :  PPT: ​​​​​​​
Dr. Pancheewan PONPHANG-NGA

Use of Biofertilizers and Biopesticides to Promote Plant Growth and Nutrient Uptake | Paper :  PPT: ​​​​​​​
Dr. Cheng-Hua HUANG


Beneficial Effect of Composting and Compost utilization on Increasing Soil Carbon Stock and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Whole Rice Cropping System | Paper :  PPT: ​​​​​​​
Dr. Pil-Joo KIM

Location-specific Fertilizer Management for Rice Using Soil Test – Target Yield Approach in Malaysia | Paper :  PPT: ​​​​​​​

Nutrient Management Decision Support Tool for Rainfed Rice: On-farm Testing in the South-eastern Fringes of India | Paper :  PPT: ​​​​​​​
Dr. Sheetal SHARMA

Characterization of Bacillus Biofertilizer “KIKUSHI” for Paddy Rice | Paper : 
Dr. Tadashi YOKOYAMA

Measures for Smart Fertilizer Use in Korea: Standard, Soil-testing and Growth-responding-fertilization | Paper :  PPT: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Dr. Jwa-Kyung SUNG


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