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VECO Courtesy Call
Jan. 18, 2022
VECO Courtesy Call
  On January 10, Director Dr. Su-San Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Vu Tien Dung, the new Representative of the Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office (VECO) in Taipei who is also the new FFTC Executive Board member. Representative Mr. Vu assumed his duties last December.  Director Dr. Chang briefed him about the Center’s business and presented the Center’s current project collaborations with Vietnamese partner institutions, including the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) and the Southern Horticultural Research Institute (SOFRI). Mr. Vu appreciated FFTC's contributions to promote international agricultural collaborations in the Asian and Pacific region, in which Vietnam also benefits from those collaborations and partnerships. The two leaders also exchanged thoughts about current agricultural issues, such as carbon-neutral agriculture, climate change, cross-border plant pests and diseases, smart agriculture and agricultural commodity value chains and marketing. Mr. Vu said VECO promises its continuous support to FFTC.
FFTC family visits MDARES
Dec. 28, 2021
FFTC family visits MDARES
  The whole FFTC staff and management recently went on an educational trip and visited the Miaoli District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (MDARES) in Western Taiwan. FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe led the Center staff in meeting Dr. Hsiu-Ying Lu, Director of MDARES. The group had a first-hand experience in making jellies out of an indigenous jelly fig (Ficus pumila var. awkeotsang), which was demonstrated by Dr. Mei-Chun Lu, Researcher and Chief of the Agricultural Extension Division. Director Hsiu-Ying Lu also toured and guided the group at the Bee Museum and Taiwan Sericulture Museum. The FFTC staff also went to the Farmers’ Association of Gongguan Township of Miaoli County to learn the major agricultural products and processed products in this area. Later they went to MDARES’s Biological Control Branch where they were briefed by Ms. Pei-Che Chung, Associate Researcher and Branch Chief about their research output utilizing biological agents. They were briefed on the station’s research projects on artificial propagation and rearing of natural enemies for the biological control of Lychee Stinkbug and Diamondback Moth of Cruciferae to further avoid damage to fruit and vegetable yield. Later in the day, the FFTC staff went strawberry picking at a nearby strawberry farm, where several biological control methods have been already introduced.
FFTC’s EB approves 15projects for 2022
Dec. 10, 2021
FFTC’s EB approves 15projects for 2022
  FFTC’s five Executive Board (EB) members who attended the Center’s 106th Board Meeting on December 7, approved 15 project proposals, including 8 workshop projects, 4 network projects, one TAC meeting and two regular programs for 2022. After FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe took turns in presenting FFTC’s main accomplishments and performance for the year, Deputy Director Dr. Watanabe presented the list of proposed projects for 2022 which includes topics for workshops on climate change and food system, innovations in sugarcane research, healthy soil-plant interaction, intelligent production system for seeds and seedlings, livestock industry and aquaculture, circular agriculture for sustainable healthy diets, tropical fruit value chains for global markets and strategies for the industrialization of smart agriculture. Aside from these approved 8 workshop projects, the FFTC EB also approved the continuation of the 4 network projects: FFTC Agricultural Policy Platform (AP), the Dragon Fruit (DFNet), the Soil Testing/Plant Analysis Proficiency Testing (PT) and the Knowledge Management (KM) Projects. All 12 projects as well as the regular projects are aligned to FFTC’s Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for 2021-2024. These projects were also recently approved for endorsement by the FFTC Working Group in a meeting held on November 9. This year Dr. Reynaldo Ebora, Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquaculture Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), and a member of FFTC’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), joined the meeting as an online observer. As a TAC representative, Dr. Ebora said the TAC members appreciate the Center’s efforts in effectively collaborating with all its partner institutes and agencies in different countries. He commented that FFTC’s networking activities are very remarkable and lauded the Center’s agricultural policy platform. None of these he said could have materialized without the strong leadership of Director Su-San Chang and the hardworking efforts of her efficient staff. Mr. Mitsuaki Hoshino, Chief Deputy Representative of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, is this year’s Acting Chairperson of the Executive Board. Other EB members present during the meeting include Mr. Vincent Lin, Director General of COA’s Department of International Affairs (representing COA Minister Chi-Chung Chen), Mr. Soon-Chang Hong, Deputy Representative, Korean Mission in Taipei, Mr. Wifredo Fernandez, Chairman and Representative of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) and Mr. Nguyen Manh Thao, who represented Mr. Nguyen Anh Dong, Representative of the Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei (VECO). Other observers and guests present during the meeting are: Mr. Nobuyuki Shikasho of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Ms. Maria Bettina Fernandez and Ms. Irene Joan Tan of MECO, and Mr. Jason Chun-I Liu of the COA.    
Courtesy visit to the AOT
Dec. 02, 2021
Courtesy visit to the AOT
  On November 26, Director Dr. Su-San Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe paid a courtesy visit to the Australian Office Taipei (AOT) and met with Mr. Michael Googan, Deputy Representative and Ms. Laura Salt, Deputy Director, Economic and Policy Section. FFTC will collaborate with the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) and co-organize a smart agriculture workshop in 2022. Australia has just become a full member of the GCTF so the main purposes of this courtesy visit are to introduce the Center and brief AOT on the smart agriculture workshop proposal. Director Dr. Chang and Deputy Representative Mr. Googan exchanged some ideas about the proposal, such as including the Pacific Island countries to participate in the proposed workshop. FFTC also plans to explore new partnership opportunities along this area. GCTF, which consists of four full partner countries- Taiwan, the United States, Japan, and Australia, is a platform that addresses global issues of mutual concern, enhances multilateral cooperation throughout the Indo-Pacific region and builds up partnerships with regional countries. This is the first time for GCTF to address an agricultural related issue and it is a great honor for the Center to collaborate with the GCTF in 2022. 
TLRI-FFTC online symposium focuses on animal vaccines and feed additives as alternatives to antibiotics
Nov. 24, 2021
TLRI-FFTC online symposium focuses on animal vaccines and feed additives as alternatives to antibiotics
  The 2021 TLRI-FFTC Symposium on “Innovation and Application of Animal Vaccines and Health-Promotion Feed Additives for Antibiotic-Free Era in Livestock Industry” was successfully conducted on November 11 and 12, 2021. This online international symposium was co-organized by FFTC and Taiwan Livestock Research Institute (TLRI), Taiwan. In livestock farming, antibiotics are usually used to enhance or promote growth or achieve better feed efficiency, thus leading to prolonged dose exposure of animal gut bacteria to these drugs and the increasing risks of building up antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a serious threat to human health. Therefore, the innovation and commercialization of animal vaccines and health-promotion feed additives as alternatives to antibiotics for livestock animals becomes an important challenge of the industry. The objective of this joint international symposium is to promote a healthier utilization of animal vaccines and health-promotion feed additives in the region, against the increasing risks brought by antibiotic-resistant bacteria that reflect consumers concerns on food quality and safety. With over 100 registrants, the online participants came from Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and USA. About 65% of those belonged to the public sector while 25% were from the private sector. This international symposium was also livestreamed on FFTC’s official Facebook websites (English and Chinese), where simultaneous translation service was provided for the Chinese speakers. To date, there has been an accumulated 650 video views from the FFTC Facebook page. In this international symposium, 20 speakers from 6 countries (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, USA), representing government, research institutes, and private companies, exchanged and shared knowledge on the development and application of animal vaccines and health-promotion feed additives in the livestock industry. In this international symposium, three topics – vaccines, feed additives, and commercialization & marketing, covered the latest trends, challenges and key issues in both the upstream and downstream side of the livestock industry value chain. The former introduced and shared the R&D methodologies, application examples, and immune efficacy of animal vaccines and feed additives, while the latter addressed the marketing strategies and business management aspect of animal vaccine and feed additives product lines globally and regionally. The 2-day international symposium was open to registered participants on the Cisco Webex platform. For people with unstable internet connection capacity, the symposium was broadcasted live on the FFTC official websites with video replays available at any time. All the symposium papers and PPT presentations will soon be shared on an open access mode for free on the FFTC official website for dissemination to the general public. For more information, please visit FFTC activity website: https://www.fftc.org.tw/zh/activities/detail/167  
Jan. 18, 2022
VECO Courtesy Call
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