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“Dragon Fruit Network: Marketing and the Whole Value Chain” And Steering Committee Meeting

1.Background:

In 2016, FFTC, the Mekong Institute (MI), and the New Zealand Plant and Fruit Research (PFR) conducted a regional workshop on the “Control of Dragon Fruit Diseases” held in Khon Kaen, Thailand. One of the recommendations was to form a collaborative research and development (R&D) on the control of dragon fruit diseases and pests in the region. This special project, supported by MOFA, Taiwan aims to focus on areas of improvement of different countries with dragon fruit production and forge an agreement between dragon fruit experts to create a mechanism for information sharing.

To facilitate the formation of regional dragon fruit network, FFTC, MI, PFR, and TARI formed an organizing committee and held an “Organizing Committee Meeting for Dragon Fruit Pest and Disease Research Network Initial Workshop” at FFTC, Taipei, Taiwan, 27-30 November 2017. After discussion, two suggestions as following 1) The “Dragon Fruit Regional Network Initiation Workshop & Steering Committee Meeting” will be held in Taiwan 22-27, April 2018; 2) The whole value chain spectrum for dragon fruit is included.

In 2018, FFTC, TARI, and PFR organized a workshop on “Dragon Fruit Regional Network Initiation Workshop & Steering Committee Meeting” and steering committee meeting in April 23 to 26 in Taipei and Taichung. This workshop focus on the whole value chain spectrum for dragon fruit which includes the topics of New Varieties, Crop Management, Management of Pests and Diseases, Pre and Postharvest Management, and Quarantine and Marketing. In the steering committee meeting, the experts reach a consensus that FFTC should take the lead in this dragon fruit network and if the funds are available, the Vietnamese expressed their willing to host the next dragon fruit regional network meeting.

2.Objectives

Identification of partners of the national agricultural research systems (NARS) for collaborative research network activities and bring key researchers, technologists, leaders of research institute, and government officers on dragon fruit pests and diseases within the region to exchange the latest updates of dragon fruit information;
Review the status of dragon fruit industry, identify the constraints and opportunities, and share the strategies that bring the small scale farmers follow the basic quarantine to enhance dragon fruit quality and meet technical regulations/standard on food/agro-product quality and safety in the region;
Develop of long-term strategic plans together with NARS partners or sustainable dragon fruit production in the region;
Establish a network committed to information sharing, develop collaborative research programs and prepare joint proposals for research funding;
In the website: Dragon Fruit Network (DFNet), it will be designed for promoting the dragon fruit related knowledge sharing and strengthen the partnership between institutes within the region.


Group photo

papers

Overall Dragon Fruit Production and Global Marketing | Paper:
Dr. Robert E. Paull
University of Hawaii, United States

Shuttle Breeding: A Strategies for Improving Commercially Grown Pitaya | Paper:
Dr. Wen-Li Lee
Fengshan Tropical Horticultural Experiment Branch, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Dragon Fruit On- and Off-season Production in Thailand | Paper:
Dr. Parson Saradhuldhat 
Kasetsart University, Thailand

Area Wide Suppression of Bactrocera Fruit Flies in Dragon Fruit in Binh Thuan, Vietnam  | Paper:
Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Hien
Plant Protection Research Institute, Vietnam

Innovations on Postharvest Handling of Dragon Fruit in Vietnam | Paper:
Dr. Nguyen Van Phong
Southern Horticultural Research Institute, Vietnam

The Challenge and Experiences of Dragon Fruit Farming and The Difficulty of Marketing Channel for Growers | Paper:
Dr. Niwat Sanoamuang
Khon Kaen University, Thailand

The Dragon Fruit Export Challenge and Experiences in Vietnam | Paper:
Ms. Phan Thi Thu Hien
Plant Protection Department, Vietnam

Application of Blockchain Technology in Food Traceability: The Case of Dragon Fruits in Vietnam | Paper:
Mr. Dang Duc Chien
Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam

The Dragon Fruit Industry and Import Situation in Japan | Paper:
Mr. Shinji Ohta
President & CEO, Creative House Corporation, Japan

Problems and Opportunities of Dragon Fruit Production in the Philippines | Paper:​​​​​​​
Dr. Teddy F. Tepora
Cavite State University, Philippines

Dragon Fruit Production and Marketing in Indonesia: Standard Quality in The Global and Regional Levels | Paper:​​​​​​​
Dr. Irwan Muas
Indonesian Tropical Fruit Research Institute, Indonesia

Status and Challenges of Dragon Fruit Production in Malaysia | Paper:​​​​​​​
Mr. Ahmad Hafiz Bin Baharom
Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute, Malaysia

Dragon Fruit Country Report from India | Paper:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Dr. Ganesan Karunakaran
ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, India

 

Conclusion and recommendations:

  • Set up a concrete plan among the members of the DFNet to prepare and procure dragon fruit healthy planting materials;
  • Share the knowledge and experiences of breeding, pests and diseases management, and postharvest handling in the dragon fruit research network from each country;
  • Promote the global GAPs concept to the growers and show how to run the sustainable dragon fruit production management, postharvest handling which can benefit the farmer's income; and, continue to share the information to the dragon fruit growers;
  • Collect pertinent information on the pre and postharvest technologies especially those pertaining to achieving the right fruit maturity at harvest, avoiding mechanical injuries, ensuring steps to meet “layer of protection” for food safety and achieve high fruit quality.
  • Prepare suitable educational materials and/or training modules for dragon fruit growers in each country. This can be in the form of simple brochures, leaflets, pamphlets, comics, videos, etc.; and
  • Continue to develop the research and development aspect of dragon fruits in the whole value chain.

proceedings

Seminar Proceeding:

AgriculturalPolicy DragonFruitNetwork
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