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Jul. 21, 2020

FFTC strengthens ties with Taitung partners

FFTC strengthens ties with Taitung partners

 

Dr. Su-San Chang and Dr. Akira Hasebe form part of the team invited by Dr. Ming-Che Wu, Head of TLRI’s Genetic and Breeding Division to observe the robotics dairy feeding and milking operations at the Wei How Dairy Farm in Taitung. The modern dairy operation is part of Smart Agriculture 4.0, which aims to develop smart production and digital service in Taiwan's agriculture sector.

The FFTC management, headed by Director Dr. Su-San Chang, Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe and Information Officer Ronald Mangubat, re-connected with some of its agricultural partners through a series of meetings, courtesy calls and field visits in Taitung County, the South-Eastern part of Taiwan. Through the invitation of Dr. Ming-Che Wu, Head of the Genetics and Breeding Division of Taiwan Livestock Research Institute (TLRI), the FFTC team first visited the Wei How Dairy Farm where they observed the robotic operations of the farm from feeding and milking using the automatic TMR feeding and milking robots from the Netherlands.

The modern dairy operation is part of Smart Agriculture 4.0, which aims to develop smart production and digital service in Taiwan's agriculture sector to address the manpower shortage in agriculture sector and to boost Taiwan's food production self-sufficiency, agricultural exports and opportunities in emerging markets. Smart Agriculture 4.0 combines Cloud and Edge technologies like remote sensing, IoT devices, robotics, big data, data mining algorithms, etc. as a way to achieve sustainable agriculture.

The Robotic Dairy Solution Demo in Wei How Dairy Farm is part of the plan to promote sustainable dairy production in the island. Dr. Chang and Dr. Hasebe also participated in the discussion on how to efficiently improve the operations of dairy farms using smart agriculture technologies, together with Taiwanese agriculture experts.

Dr. Chang joins the discussion on the Robotic Dairy Solution Demo review meeting and tells her opinion on how to efficiently improve the operations of dairy farms using smart agriculture technologies, together with Taiwanese agriculture experts.

The FFTC team also paid a courtesy call to Dr. Yu-Chu Chen, Deputy Director of the Taitung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (TTDARES). Discussion focused on the station’s current research projects on quality rice varieties and specialty crops, particularly the development of the Gac fruit (Momordica cochinchinensis Spreng) a special indigenous crop of Taitung which is a large, dioecious, perennial vine fruit belonging to the cucurbits family. Popularly dubbed as the “Fruit from Heaven,” the Gac fruit’s high concentration of carotenoids and lycopene (said to be 10 times more than tomato) makes it a very promising fruit which has high potential in both local and international markets. Later, Dr. Chang and her team had a quick tour of the station’s local products’ processing facilities in the station’s efforts to help farmers in the district to develop and commercialize their home grown food products with added value through simple processing techniques.

The FFTC team pays a courtesy call to Dr. Yu-Chu Chen, Deputy Director of the Taitung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (TDARES) where they discuss the station’s current research projects particularly the development of the Gac fruit (Momordica cochinchinensis Spreng) a special indigenous crop of Taitung which is a large, dioecious, perennial vine fruit belonging to the cucurbits family.

At the TDARES, Dr. Chang and her team make a quick tour of the station’s local products’ processing facilities in the station’s efforts to help farmers in the district to develop and commercialize their home grown food products with added value through simple processing techniques.

The next day, the FFTC team visited the Council of Agriculture’s Fishery Research Institute—Eastern Marine Biology Research Center (EMBRC) where they met researcher Mr. Ming-Chung Cheng, who gave the team a guided tour of the Center’s hatchery facilities and explained their research work on the artificial breeding of clown fish and other ornamental fishes. For many years, the EMBRC has made inroads in ornamental fish breeding the technologies of which they have also been sharing to many fish breeders.

The FFTC team visit the Council of Agriculture’s Fishery Research Institute—Eastern Marine Biology Research Center (EMBRC) where they meet researcher Mr. Chen Ching Chung, who gave the team a guided tour of the Center’s hatchery facilities and explained their research work on the artificial breeding of clown fish and other ornamental fishes.

On the last leg of their Taitung trip, the FFTC team visited Council of Agriculture’s Tea Research and Extension Station’s Taitung Branch in Luye Township where they met Director Mr. Jian-Hsing Shiau. Since 2000, the station’s Taitung branch has been conducting research on indigenous tea varieties in various parts of Taitung County. The FFTC team sampled and did a taste test of the Yunfun premium brew of oolong tea and other Taiwanese dishes cooked using tea leaves and tea oil.

The FFTC team visit the Buo-Ya Pavilion Natural Tea Company where they participated in a tea tasting activity to help choose the best tea which the company intends to submit in International Taste Institute’s “Superior Taste Awards” in Brussels, Europe.

Mr. Shiau also took the FFTC team to Buo-Ya Pavilion Natural Tea Company, located in Luyeh, Taitung, where they participated in a tea tasting activity to help choose the best tea which the company intends to submit in International Taste Institute’s “Superior Taste Awards” in Brussels, Europe. A family owned company, Buo-Ya Pavilion boasts of its superior natural teas grown in the mountain slopes of Taitung with the geographical indication of “Red Oolong” and “Honey Black Tea”. For the past three years, they have consistently won the “Superior Taste Award” in the said competition.

The FFTC management team hopes that through this Taitung trip, more linkages will be forged between the Center and Taitung’s various agricultural organizations.

The FFTC team sampled and did a taste test of the Yunfun premium brew of oolong tea, the new product of the Council of Agriculture's Tea Research and Extension Station's Taitung branch.​​​​​​​

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