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“Applicable Solutions Against Rice Blast in Asia” international workshop ended successfully
Sep. 21, 2020
“Applicable Solutions Against Rice Blast in Asia” international workshop ended successfully
  FFTC has just completed its first online international workshop on “Applicable Solutions Against Rice Blast in Asia” on September 18. This one-day webinar event was co-organised with Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) and the JIRCAS Rice Blast Research Network. This event invited 15 speakers from 12 countries, and 163 participants registered to join the webinar from 20 countries. The workshop highlighted blast research network for stable rice production by JIRCAS, International differential varieties for rice blast and characterization of resistance gene using them, and blast studies using differential system. The workshop papers and presentation slides will be uploaded to the FFTC website soon. JIRCAS President Dr. IWANAGA Masa Delivered his welcome remarks. FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang delivered her opening remarks. Mr. Hiroshi HONJO, Director, International Research, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) delivered a greeting message on behalf of MAFF, Japan. Keynote Speech by Dr. Yoshimichi FUKUTA, JIRCAS, Japan. Session 1 : Chair and Speakers. Session 2 : Chair and Speakers. Session 3 : Chair and Speakers. FFTC Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe wrapped up the workshop and delivered his closing remarks.
FFTC signed MOU with JIRCAS
Sep. 18, 2020
FFTC signed MOU with JIRCAS
  The Center recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS). The MOU, which was signed by FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang and JIRCAS President Dr. IWANAGA Masa. President Dr. IWANAGA is also a member of FFTC’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). This year, JIRCAS and FFTC co-organize an international workshop on Applicable Solutions Against Rice Blast in Asia on September 18.  The partnership between JIRCAS goes a long way. Over the past decade, FFTC has had collaborations with JIRCAS in organizing and holding workshops and seminars on a lot of important agricultural topics and themes. To further strengthen and enhance the partnership, the two organizations renew the ties through a Memorandum of Understanding. The Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) was established in October 1993. JIRCAS undertakes comprehensive experimental research for technological advancement of agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries in tropical and subtropical zones of developing regions and contributes solutions to global food and environmental problems as well as to the stable supply of agricultural, forestry and fishery products and resources.
Courtesy Visit to Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute
Sep. 18, 2020
Courtesy Visit to Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute
  On September 15, FFTC management, including Director Dr. Su-San Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe paid a courtesy visit to Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) and met Director General Dr. Hsueh-Shih Lin. At the beginning of the meeting, Director Dr. Su-San Chang, on behalf of the Centre, expressed her sincere gratitude for TARI’s long term partnership and DG Dr. Lin’s support to FFTC’s activities. Fengshan Tropical Horticultural Experiment Branch, TARI and FFTC work together for the Dragon Fruit workshop which will be held on September 22. Director Dr. Chang also appreciated that Mr. Horng-Yuh Guo, Chief of Agricultural Chemistry Division and his team has been collaborating with FFTC with the“Proficiency Testing Program of Soil, Plant Tissue, and Fertilizer Analysis Project" for 3 years. The project is getting its popularity among soil laboratories in the Asian and Pacific region. Participated in soil laboratories are increasing year by year. The two leaders also discussed the potential collaboration project plan for the year 2021. Other people in the meeting include Mr. Chia-Rong Lin, Director General, Department of Foreign Affairs, COA, Mr. Albert T. K. Wen, Chief for the International Organizations, Department of Foreign Affairs, COA, Mr. Shan-Jen Fang, Senior Researcher / Entomologist & Director, Technical Service, TARI.
Dragon fruit workshop field trip
Sep. 17, 2020
Dragon fruit workshop field trip
  On September 8, FFTC held a dragon fruit workshop field trip in southern Taiwan to visit a Global G.A.P certified dragon fruit (DF) farm, a successful DF farmer who previously worked for an IT company, and two successful value addition programs emphasizing smallholder famers and healthy local food systems. The participants included dragon fruit experts from Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) Fengshan Branch; Taichung and Tainan District Agricultural Research and Extension Stations (DARES); Agriculture and Food Agency, COA; National Taiwan University; and representatives from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and diplomatic mission offices including Malaysian Friendship and Trade Center, Taipei Office of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office, and American Institute in Taiwan. The field trip is a part of the coming FFTC online/onsite workshop on “Dragon Fruit Value Chain for Global Markets” to be held on 22-23 September at National Chung Hsing University, Taichung ( The first visited Ru Orchard, whose farm owner is Mr. Chao-Ru Hong. In 2013, Mr. Hong decided to resign from an IT company and went back home as a farmer. He attended and benefited from diverse training courses sponsored by the Taiwan government. He is now producing high-quality dragon fruits and earns stable and good incomes developing F2C (Farmer to Consumer) e-commerce business and wholesale channel. Despite of lower market prices due to continuous increased production of dragon fruits in recent years, he told that the focus on high-quality fruit production, applying social media and e-commerce are the secret to the success. Next, the delegates visited the south distribution center of Homemakers Union Consumers Co-op (HUCC). Mr. Yuan-Hung Chung and his colleague gave a brief introduction of how the center was operated. The increasing food safety and environmental concerns from the general public nurture the growth of HUCC. Up to 2020, HUCC has nearly 90,000 registered members and the agri-food products cover more than 1,000 items. The HUCC has also set up an internal bonus-share mechanism to share annual profits to all registered members. A fresh and delicious dragon fruit juice bought from DaYung’s tea shop was provided to each participant during lunch. The red color of the juice was attractive and the flavors were excellent coming from a combination of tropical fruits. All participants were impressed and felt rejuvenated! The juice product is one of the examples of value addition program that was highlighted in this field trip program.  After enjoying local cuisines with the three popular local food (sweet potato, pineapple, and bamboo shoot) at the Ye-Tou-Yang-Fong restaurant in Xinhua, Tainan, the delegates headed to Kua Kua Orchard, the main sweet potato products provider in Taiwan. Based on the sound contract farming for stable supply, recently Kua Kua Orchard introduced and discussed the e-management system to enhance farming efficiency in terms of labor, yield, quality, adding price competitiveness in the market. Now, Kua Kua Orchard preserves more than 1,500 sweet potato germplasm for market-oriented breeding project in the future. Kua Kua Orchard are sensitive to and value much consumer’s taste and preference. They provide diverse products in markets. The last site visited was the Global G.A.P. certified dragon fruit farm, Pin-Li Orchard. Mr. Ming-Shu Hsieh, the farm owner cultivates dragon fruit, jujube, and passionfruit and sold these fruits via B2B model to the international and domestic markets. Mr. Hsieh mentioned that it is the international trade and price, not the fruit quality, the main determining factor drives the market deals. For domestic food processors, the products from the Global G.A.P. certified harvests are their first choice because GGAP certification endorses the farm products are safe!
FFTC’s Executive Board endorses Strategic Action Plan for 2021-2024
Aug. 21, 2020
FFTC’s Executive Board endorses Strategic Action Plan for 2021-2024
  The FFTC Executive Board, chaired by no less than Taiwan’s Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Chi-Chung Chen, recently endorsed the Center’s Strategic Action Plan Focusing on Holding Workshops in 2021-2024.  This means the FFTC management already has the full blessings to implement the strategic action plan that took almost a year to draft, had it approved and endorsed. The FFTC Strategic Action Plan Focusing on Holding Workshops and Seminars in 2021-2024 gives the Center management a clear guide to help prioritize goals, maximize resources, increase the organization’s effectiveness and make better decisions. This means that all major activities for this year and the succeeding four years, will be underpinned based on the following five program themes: 1) increasing productivity by strengthening agricultural R&D and investments; 2) enhancing food value chains and consumer oriented production; 3) promoting climate-smart and resilient agriculture; 4) fostering circular agriculture; and 5) strengthening resource management and rural development. Part of the inspiration for its crafting is the groundwork by the United Nations in its plan to achieve food security and improve nutrition for the growing world population and sustainable management of natural resources. The 35-page document traces the entire process in the making of the Center’s strategic action plan, which stated in creating a task force headed by FFTC Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe. It began with a review of the FFTC activities for 2019, doing library research and conducting monthly meetings. It also discusses the series of caravan tours which went on for five months in which the Center management visited, met and discussed with agricultural leaders of Taiwan’s agricultural institutes, agencies, universities and government organizations to learn and collect information from their ongoing research work and their directions and vision about their relevant research fields. The caravan tours culminated in the conduct of a final consultation meeting with Taiwan’s agricultural experts. The strategic plan also provides a summary of the analysis and results of the said caravan tours and consultation meeting which led to the creation of an operational strategy and the listing of the Center’s five-program themes. This formed the basis of a blueprint on how FFTC’s workshops and seminars are to be conceptualized, planned and operationalized.   First approved by the Center’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), headed by its Chairman, Dr. Masa Iwanaga, President and Director General of the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), during its recently held meeting on July 21, the FFTC Strategic Action Plan Focusing on Holding Workshops and Seminars in 2021-2024, was then sent to all the members of the FFTC Executive Board Members for their endorsement. To read and download the whole strategic action plan, click on this link  
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