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Jul. 15, 2020

2019 PROJECT 5: Smart agriculture for environmentally and consumer friendly food production

2019 PROJECT 5: Smart agriculture for environmentally and consumer friendly food production

A group photo of the speakers and participants of the international symposium on “Smart Agriculture for Environmentally and Consumer Friendly Food Production.” This symposium gathered 15 experts from France, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan.

Venue: Pingtung, Taiwan
Date: May 27-28
Participating countries: 9 countries (France, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan)
Participants: 277 participants including 15 speakers
Papers presented: 15
Co-organizers: National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST); Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI); and World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg)

Precision Agriculture (PA) technology is one of the technology packages that has witnessed unprecedented growth in the last decade with its aim is to increase crop production, increase the efficiency of land use, reduce the production costs and maintain the quality of the environment while improving the sustainability of the food supply. PA technology provides the possibility to do the right thing, in the right place, at the right time and in the right manner along the food production chain and manage both the quantity and quality of agricultural produce. For example, precision agriculture was used to adapt fertilizer distribution to varying soil conditions across an agricultural field.

The first day of the symposium comprised of one keynote speech and two presentation sessions which consisted of seven papers, ranging from smart food chain system, consumers’ demand for agricultural products to smart agriculture for eco-friendly and consumer friendly food production. The second day contained two sessions consisting of three reports which are related to eco-friendly crop improvement and management, and five country reports. The second day afternoon to the third days were devoted to exposure and educational trips in NPUST and WorldVeg where the speakers observed and interacted with NPUST Food Science Factory Staff and visited WorldVeg’s experimental screening fields, Gene Bank, and Demo garden. There are 277 participants who attended the symposium.

The topics in this symposium are explored from different angles. Southeast Asian countries focused on Precision Agriculture, while Northeast Asia focused on GAP and the overall social and ecological sustainability. Although GAP is the direction of future development, regardless of whether organic or GAP, it needs to be promoted for a long time, only by changes in the code of conduct can it make significant and more comprehensive progress.

Major findings and recommendations

1. Disseminate information on the four possible ways of increasing farmer’s income through improving yields, achieving higher quality of agricultural products, using land efficiently, and promoting value-added activities.

2. Consider each country’s needs while planning the new activities as every country has different focus on Smart Agriculture. Southeast Asian countries focus on Precision Agriculture, while Northeast Asia focuses on GAPs and overall social and ecological sustainability.

3. Ensure food safety by following the GAPs or organic food production regulations as these are parts of the governments’ responsibilities.

4. Implement food and agricultural education, which is part of demand-oriented research. Consumers play an important role in this process and this can drive the establishment of a sustainable food system.

5. Focus on farmer’s education and smart agriculture aside from its technology aspect.

6. Include not only the research and development of new or modern technology but also smart decision making, smart policy, smart use, and smart consumer in the smart agriculture system.

List of papers

• Smart food chain system to developing high relevant society from consumers to agri-food industries in Japan - Toshio Ohtani 
• Certification system for food safety - Shunichi Matsui 
• Food safety and traceability of agricultural products - Chan-Chiung Liu 
• Innovations in vegetable food systems for food systems and nutrition security in Asia - Delphine Larrousse 
• The current technology that can be used for smart agriculture - Mohd Zafrul Arif Bin Radhi 
• Application of common information platform and agricultural management systems “I Plant” for consumer friendly food production in Taiwan - Jyh-Rong Tsay 
• Thailand research fund-precision agriculture research--development and implementation network: concept and practices - Attachai Jintrawet 
• Advances in mungbean breeding - Ramakrishnan Madhavan Nair 
• Crop improvement and practices for eco-friendly environments – the examples in Taiwan - Yann-Rong Lin 
• Applications of rhizobacteria multi-function in plant protection - Yi-Hsien Lin 
• Nutrient content prediction of leaves in oil palm plantation using sentinel-2 satellite imagery - Kudang Boro Seminar 
• Korean GAP trends focused on environmentally and consumer friendly food production - Hwang-Yong Kim 
• Saving fertilizer in Malaysia's large-scale paddy production through precision farming - Badril Hisham Bin Abu Bakar 
• Climate-smart agriculture initiatives in the Philippines - Fe B. Perlas 
• SMART platform for precision agriculture in Thailand - Tanee Sreewongchai 

Dr. Toshio Ohtani, Vice President of NARO, delivers the keynote presentation on “Smart Food Chain System—to Developing Highly Relevant Society from Consumer to Agri-Food Industries in Japan.”

At the symposium’s closing ceremony, Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin succinctly wraps up the symposium emphasizing the roles of smart agriculture and GAPs in the attainment of sustainable agriculture.

Speakers and participants of the smart agriculture symposium visit the Genetic Resources and Seed Unit (GRSU) at the World Vegetable Center in Shanhua, Tainan, Taiwan. GRSU is the world’s largest public world germplasm with more than 61,000 accessions from 155 countries.

 

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