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Mar. 22, 2022

Courtesy visit to ITA

Courtesy visit to ITA


The FFTC delegation, including Director Dr. Su-San Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe, recently paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Gourangalal Das, Director General of the India-Taipei Association (ITA) and its Deputy Director General Mr. Rishikesh Swaminathan Ravikumar. Although India is not FFTC's member country, the Center often invites Indian expert speakers to share their research on various agricultural issues, such as tropical fruits, rural resource management and rural development. Many participants from India have joined the tropical fruits related workshops held by FFTC's Dragon Fruit Network (DFNet). This year, FFTC is going to collaborate on a tropical fruit project with the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research. Drs. Chang and Watanabe expressed their appreciation to the officers of the India-Taipei Association and hopes that the Center would forge a closer partnership and collaboration with India and its National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARs).

Director Dr. Chang and the Indian officials had a keen discussion on FFTC’s past and current projects particularly the 4 network projects and 8 workshop/symposium projects for 2022. All these projects are all aligned with the 5 program themes of the Center’s Strategic Action Plan for 2021-2024.

On the other hand, Director General Mr. Das expressed his interest to know how a non-member country like India can collaborate with FFTC. Director Dr. Chang replied that FFTC is a platform and welcomes like-minded partners to join forces with the Center in its task of collecting latest and practical agricultural research and development results and share them with experts and extension workers in the region. Director General Mr. Das said he will convey FFTC’s information on relevant activities to the Agricultural Research Institutes in India. The ITA management is also happy to help the Center in inviting India's agriculture experts to attend FFTC’s activities.

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