On June 28-July 1, 2011, Dr. Nowzar Rastegari, a scientist at the Fars Agricultural and Natural Resources Research Center (FANRRC) in Iran, came to Taiwan to attend the training workshop on “Rapid Bioassay for Pesticide Residues (RBPR) on Fruits and Vegetables for Market Inspection and Farm Education. He sent the following email to FFTC.
To the Management and Staff of FFTC, Greetings from the Islamic Republic of Iran!
I just want to express my heartfelt thanks and joy to all of you and your partner institutes and agencies for the success of your recent workshop which I happily attended. It was my first experience to visit Taiwan that part of the world which is very prestigious country known for its high technology. Through the support of the Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), the Council of Agriculture (COA), Executive Yuan, Taiwan, ROC, the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) and FFTC, I so much appreciated the workshop training I attended on RBPR. All the lessons I have learned in that five-day workshop were really useful and fruitful for me.
The distinguished scientists, specially Dr. Ching-hua Kao and Dr. Edward Cheng, who were our main lecturers, were very diligent, kind and did their best to teach me and my co-trainees the RBPR— its theory and practice. Our visits to the wholesale markets and related cooperative agents and other places like the Honeybee Museum, the wholesale vegetable market, etc. were very informative and they all really positively dovetailed with the workshop goals. I want to sincerely thank sirs Dr. J.L. Karihaloo of APAARI and FFTC’s Dr. Schuang Sean Huang for their all out support to all of us trainees. I will never forget the hospitality of the Taiwanese and my admiration to the Taiwanese scientists whose applicable technology, the RBPR, will definitely help us when we do our work in detecting hazardous residues on fruits and vegetables before they are all sent to the market.
I am therefore happy to tell all of you that I will be re-echoing what I have learned in the workshop to my colleagues at work. Aside from the RBPR technology, I will also tell them about the practical things I've learned when I visited the Han-Kuang farmers' cooperative in Taichung where I saw the postharvest handling of vegetables from the warehouse to the supermarket. I wish all of you success in your present and future endeavors. You guys are all doing a great job!
Nowzar Rastegari, Ph.D.