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Rice technologies and climate adaptation strategies featured in FFTC-MARDI videoconference
Oct. 07, 2020
Rice technologies and climate adaptation strategies featured in FFTC-MARDI videoconference
  Eleven rice experts presented various technologies aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change in Asia’s rice production. Last September 29, the online videoconference on “Crop Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change: Rice” kicked off at the FFTC office in Taipei, Taiwan with speakers joining online from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The videoconference workshop is a joint project of FFTC and the Malaysian Agriculture and Development Research Institute (MARDI). It was livestreamed through the FFTC Facebook page which was viewed by close to 5,000 viewers all over the world. In her welcome remarks, FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang emphasized that the videoconference is aligned to the Center’s strategic action plan for 2019-2020 on climate smart agriculture. “We wanted to explore the significant efforts being made by scientists to increase genomic resources and apply innovative breeding techniques to improve the yield and nutritional quality of rice,” she said. On the other hand, Datuk Dr. Mohamad Roff Bin Mohd Noor, Director General of MARDI, underscored the importance of research in rice breeding to improve the varieties and innovative production agronomy to be the most appropriate approach to mitigate the effects of climate change in rice production. Australian keynote speaker, Dr. Damien Platten, Senior scientist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) talked about “Breeding for Climate Change” saying that in order to meet the negative effects on crop yields caused by climate change, IRRI had a major redesign of its rice breeding program. He also talked about IRRI’s OneRice strategy which aims to integrate all actors in the variety development and placement chain into an efficient and effective team to produce well-targeted, well characterized new varieties and place these in target markets/regions in as short a time possible. This, he said, will enable rice breeding to adapt and keep pace as climate and social changes shift requirements in rice production. The videoconference workshop was divided into three sessions. Session 1 was entitled “Development of Rice Resilient Technologies in Response to Climate Change.” Session 2 focused on “Rice Technologies in Asia: Country Reports” and Session 3: “Climate Resistant Rice: The Way Forward” Below is a summary of the technologies presented by the speakers from which the discussions revolved around: IRRI’s OneRice strategy integrating all the elements in rice variety development and placement chain; Malaysia’s new drought tolerant rice varieties (MARDI Siraj 297 and MRQ 76) developed through marker-assisted breeding and introgression, as well as their AWD (Alternate Wet and Dry) technology; Indonesia’s water management technologies like building of dams, catchment irrigation, and development of their integrated planting calendars; Japan’s agricultural support system integrating agrometeorological information and information on crop phenology, nitrogen topdressing techniques; The Philippines’ PalayCheck technology from PhilRice, a rice integrated crop management model covering seed quality, land preparation, crop establishment, etc.; Taiwan’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) sensors to set up smart rice paddies and the heat tolerant screening nursery from the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute; Thailand’s tailor-made climate ready nutrient dense rice; and Vietnam’s climate smart designer rice varieties, adjusted cropping calendars, resource management, diversification, early warning and climate information services, etc. The full one-day FFTC-MARDI videoconference workshop can be viewed at the FFTC Facebook Page while the full papers and PowerPoint presentations of the 11 speakers can be soon accessed at the FFTC website. Final Report    
The 3rd Dragon Fruit Workshop Ended Successfully with 10,000 Views in Three Days
Sep. 30, 2020
The 3rd Dragon Fruit Workshop Ended Successfully with 10,000 Views in Three Days
  FFTC, Taiwan Agriculture Research Institute (TARI), National Chung Hsing University, Taichung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (DARES) and the Dragon Fruit Research Network (DFNet) held the 3rd Dragon Fruit Workshop and Steering Committee Meeting on 22-23 September 2020 to discuss “Dragon Fruit Value Chain for Global Markets. Because of COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop and steering committee meeting was held both face to face in Taiwan and on line internationally. On the first day, twelve speakers from Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam shared their experiences and perspectives in the dragon fruit industry--from international quality standards, functional values, consumer preferences down to the various successful stories in public-private partnership. The following day, the DFNet members joined the Steering Committee Meeting and discussed a new phase for dragon fruit project that would be more farmer-inclusive, consumer-focused and international experts’ involvements. This was followed by the resumption of DF Workshop program, wherein three dragon fruit farmers Ms. Yui-Chiu Lin, Mr. Chou-Ru Hong, Mr. Ming-Shu Hsieh from Taiwan shared their stories about how they chose to be dragon fruit farmers, how they managed their orchards and the open secrets of their success! The Director of TARI-Fengshan branch, Dr. Wen-Li Lee, responded to farmers’ challenges and suggestions. The dragon fruit breeder, Ms. Pi-Chuan Liu, who is also from TARI-Fengshan, announced a new variety – named “Little Sweety” which has the elite traits from both the most popular red and white varieties in Taiwan. The two-day program ended with a video presentation from Taichung DARES on value addition program demonstrating the dragon fruit processed products and the program which linked the farmers with the processors. More than 300 people from 33 countries registered in the said workshop. The two-day live video stream via Facebook reached a wide range of people, including 10,100 views and 700 online participants who wrote their comments, and gave a thumbs up rating! The organizers wish to thank all the workshop participants who joined us onsite and online. Final  Report
“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. Final Report 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.
Apr. 23, 2020
FFTC pays courtesy visit to the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre, Taipei
Apr. 13, 2020
FFTC pays courtesy call to the Korean Mission in Taipei
Apr. 10, 2020
Courtesy visit to the Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei
Mar. 26, 2020
FFTC pays a courtesy call to MECO
Mar. 17, 2020
Courtesy visit to Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association
Feb. 12, 2020
FFTC and TARI meet for the PT project
Feb. 11, 2020
Visiting Hutian Community at Yangmingshan National Park
Feb. 10, 2020
Visiting the cases of smart agriculture application on industry value chain in Taichung
Feb. 04, 2020
Visited the Department of International Affairs, Council of Agriculture
Feb. 03, 2020
FFTC bids farewell to Director Kuo-Ching Lin
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