The 2021 FFTC-TARI Workshop on “Proficiency Testing of Soil/Plant Analysis and Workshop on Data Interpretation and Fertilization Recommendation” was successfully conducted on October 22, 2021. The online workshop was co-organized by FFTC and Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Council of Agriculture.
The workshop had 163 registrants. The participants came mainly from Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, and a few from Africa and other South-East Asia countries.
In the workshop, 10 speakers from 8 countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, the Netherlands, and Vietnam), shared their experiences in soil testing technologies development and fertilization application in their countries and the new soil testing technologies application. Accurate soil/ plant tissue/ fertilizer testing results will help those participating countries to provide their farmers' fertilization recommendations with a more precise and effective fertilizer type and dose to improve the problems of crop nutrient deficiency or soil degradation caused by over-fertilization or insufficient fertilization.
In this workshop’s general discussion session, the future development and prospects of the project, the way of international cooperation in the future, and whether the project should be extended to the soil heavy metal testing have also been discussed. Through exchange and discussion among experts from participating countries, we are hoping that we can provide those soil and plant testing laboratories in the Asia-Pacific region with the assistance that can fit their needs better. While helping farmers reduce unnecessary costs and expenses, the project can take into account sustainable agriculture practices that protect the soil.
The symposium was only open to registered participants on the Cisco Webex platform. However, all the symposium papers and PPT presentations will be shared later on the FFTC official website for dissemination to the general public.