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2020 Dragon Fruit Workshop and Steering Committee Meeting - Dragon Fruit Value Chain for Global Market

Rationale

Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya (Hylocereus spp. and Selenicereus spp.), has been identified as a promising fruit in the Asia and Pacific region. FFTC initiated a market survey of tropical fruits in Southeast Asia in 2014. When dragon fruit was identified as a promising fruit in the region, FFTC started to conduct a series of workshops. Since most researches of new emerging crops are operating in isolation from one another and research projects are often on limited budgets and with no mechanism for information sharing. To address this concern of lack of mechanism for information sharing, in 2015, FFTC, SOFRI and the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) worked together to organize a workshop in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Based on the recommendations, the problem of pests and diseases was identified as the top issue confronted by growers, and there is a need to form a regional network to develop effective integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for pitaya. 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 important recommendations was to form a collaborative research and development (R&D) on the control of dragon fruit diseases and pests in the region.

Based on this recommendation, in 2017 FFTC proposed a 3 year dragon fruit proposal to MOFA, Taiwan, which aims to form a dragon fruit collaborative research network on the control of dragon fruit diseases and pests in Southeast and South Asia. It will 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 focuses 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.

On the September 9-11, 2019, the workshop entitled on “The Dragon Fruit Network: Marketing and The Whole Value Chain” was held at SOFRI, Vietnam, and a dragon fruit network (DFNet) steering committee meeting was held and composed by workshop speakers. During the meeting, four groups were formed: 1) breeding, germplasm exchange and production; 2) postharvest handling; 3) plant protection; and 4) marketing. Each group has elected a group leader. The group members have agreed to help in information sharing, developing collaborative research programs and preparing joint proposals for research funding.

This project started in 2017 and next year will be the third year of a three year project. The initial three year proposal is to get the seed funding to start up the network. The purpose of this network is to set up a platform for forming research team to come up with research proposals and to apply for research funding from international funding agencies. In the third year, the network will be strengthened and to improve the functions of network.

Objectives

  • Establish a mechanism to establish and maintain an effective dragon fruit research network.
  • Strengthen the collaboration and interaction within dragon fruit research collaboration network.
  • Establish a mechanism to manage the dragon fruit website to facilitate the information collection and dissemination.
  • Formulate dragon fruit research project.
  • Identify the constraints and opportunities to enhance dragon fruit quality and productivity in the region.
  • Share the dragon fruit whole value chain research information in dragon fruit network website.
  • Summarize and conclude the feasibility and network function, based on 2017-2020 dragon fruit project.
  • Formulate a dragon fruit network proposal 2021 to 2023.
Outputs
  • Establish an effective dragon fruit research network.
  • An efficient mechanism to manage the dragon fruit website.
  • Dragon fruit research project proposals.
  • Conduct a proposal discussion workshop and a steering committee meeting to have further discussion with DFNet members about the proposals.
  • Organize a workshop and publish a book to finalize the achievements of three year projects.
  • Formulate a dragon fruit network proposal 2021 to 2023.

program

Program
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papers

EXPORTATION OF VIETNAMESE DRAGON FRUIT: POTENTIALS AND CHALLENGES IN THE NEXT DECADE
Dr. Nguyen Hong Son
Director General, Southern Fruit Research Institute (SOFRI), and Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS), Hanoi, Vietnam
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PPT:
DRAGON FRUIT EXPORTATION PRACTICES, CHALLENGES AND COUNTRY EXPERIENCES: MALAYSIA
Dr. Johari Bin Sarip
Director, Horticulture Research Centre, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), Malaysia
Paper:
PPT:
DRAGON FRUIT INDUSTRY IN TAIWAN: CHALLENGES AND RESPONSE
Dr. Wen-Li Lee
Director, Fengshan Tropical Horticultural Experiment Branch, TARI, Taiwan
Paper:
PPT:
G.A.P. QUALITY STANDARDS AND QUARANTINE INSPECTION FOR INTERNATIOONAL MARKETS – VIETNAM EXPERIENCE
Dr. Nguyen Van Hoa
Deputy Director General, Southern Fruit Research Institute (SOFRI), Tiền Giang, Vietnam
Paper:
PPT:
Establishment of the Global G.A.P. system for dragon fruit production in Taiwan
Dr. Yi-Lu Jiang
Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, National Chiayi University, Chiayi, Taiwan
Paper:
PPT:
Quarantine requirements for the importation and exportation of dragon fruits in Taiwan
Ms. Shih-Tsai Yang
Associate Specialist, Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Council of Agriculture, Taiwan
Paper:
PPT:
CONSUMER PERCEPTIONS AND PREFERENCES FOR FRUIT OPPORTUNITIES FOR DRAGON FRUIT
Dr. Roger Harker
Head of Sensory Science, The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited, New Zealand
Paper:
PPT:
ANTI-OBESITY EFFECT OF RED PITAYA (Hylocerus polyrhizus) IN HIGH-FAT DIET FED SD RATS
Dr. Chi-Yu Yang
Chief, Division of Animal Technology, Animal Technology Laboratories, Agricultural Technology Research Institute, Miaoli, Taiwan
Paper:
PPT:
Consumer preference for fresh dragon fruits in the Philippines
Dr. Dormita R. del Carmen
University Researcher, Postharvest Horticulture Training and Research Center, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Philippines
Paper:
PPT:
PROMOTION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS VIA CROSS-BORDER E-COMMERCE - WONDERFULFOOD EXPERICES
Ms. Maggie Chen
CEO, The Wonderfulfood, Taipei, Taiwan
Paper:
PPT:
Public Private Partnership in Agriculture - The Mitagri’s Perspectives
Dr. Chung-Hsiu Hung
Chair, Mitagri Co., Ltd, Taipei, Taiwan
Paper:
PPT:
Successful stories and cooperation between governments and private sectors in Vietnam
Dr. Ngo Duc Minh
Science officer, Department of Science and International Cooperation, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS), Hanoi, Vietnam
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proceedings

proceeding
Paper:
AgriculturalPolicy DragonFruitNetwork
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