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.
●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.
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
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