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Jul. 08, 2022

TSIPS and FFTC symposium to focus on intelligent seeds and seedlings production

TSIPS and FFTC symposium to focus on intelligent seeds and seedlings production

 

Seeds are not just the source of life. They are the fundamental base of agricultural production, and the vehicles for the growth and spread of new crops. In 2018, the Asia Pacific Seed Association (APSA) pointed out that the trade volume of sowing seeds in the Asian and Pacific region exceeded US$41 billion. But the recent COVID-19 pandemic greatly affected its production supply chain, which relies heavily on manpower. Recently new and intelligent technologies such as plant phenotype analysis robot, intelligent soil moisture monitoring, intelligent automatic seed selection, grading of seedlings, etc. have been developed in the region to increase production efficiency and reduce farmer’s workloads. The challenge now is how to promote the use and adoption of these intelligent technologies.

On November 10, 2022, the Taiwan Seed Improvement and Propagation Station (TSIPS) and FFTC are conducting a symposium that aims to establish an “intelligent seeds and seedlings production systems” in the region. Through this symposium, the organizers are also aiming to explore the possibility of introducing more technologies in farm production and create a dialogue between producers and technology developers to cope with the perennial manpower problem. Through experience sharing, TSIPS, FFTC and their partner, Informa Markets intend to bridge the cooperation on agricultural research and development (R&D) and hopefully promote industry investments on R&D on relevant new technologies to increase seeds and seedlings productivity that could benefit farmers.

The hybrid (onsite and online) symposium’s objectives are to promote industry-government-academic exchanges on the knowledge and experience of introducing intelligent seeds and seedlings production systems, strengthen international cooperation on seeds and seedlings production, especially in the Asian and Pacific region, and raise the public’s awareness on the importance of the stability on seeds and seedlings production and the development of the latest technologies.

Around 10 speakers who are experts in seeds and seedlings production, including experts from partner institutions in the Asian and Pacific region are expected to share their knowledge and experiences on intelligent seeds and seedlings production. There would be 100 in-situ participants and 1,000 online participants (open to the public) who are expected to attend and participate in the symposium. They include researchers, local and national government officials, farmers, university professors, graduate students, representatives of non-government organizations and professionals from the agricultural. The event will be livestreamed and its recorded content will be available for subsequent viewing.

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