Seminars and Workshops
The 19TH Meeting of the FFTC Technical Advisory Committee (Tac)
June 17-21, Taiwan ROC
The primary objective of the 19th meeting of the FFTC-TAC is to provide a venue for the deliberation of program and policy directions that will guide the Center in the: translation of the FFTC Strategic Plan for 2007-2011; and the formulation of an appropriate evaluation system to improve the Center's project performance. Suggestions and recommendations from the TAC members are expected to help ensure that the Center's programs and activities are effective and efficient in responding to the needs of small-scale farmers amid the present global agricultural environment.
Monitoring and Management of Agricultural Water Quality for Green Food Production in the Asian and Pacific Region
September 29-October 3, Taiwan ROC
Co-organizers/sponsors: Asian Productivity Organization (APO), Japan; Council of Agriculture (COA), Taiwan ROC; China Productivity Center (CPC), Taiwan ROC; Agricultural Engineering Research Center (AERC), Taiwan ROC
This APO study meeting shall seek to: a) review the current status of agricultural water (AW) availability, and regulations and standards of AW quality in member countries; b) share knowledge and experience on AW quality management in terms of monitoring systems for the quality of AW, technologies for AW conservation, pollution prevention and remediation of the polluted AW, and institutional and policy arrangements; c) exchange information on management technologies for recycling waste water as reliable source of irrigation water; and d) formulate recommendations for improving the monitoring and management of AW quality for green food production.
Management of Citrus Greening and Virus Diseases for the Rehabilitation of the Citrus Industry in the Aspac Region
September 08-12, Vietnam
Co-sponsors: National Institute of Fruit Tree Sciences (NIFTS), Japan; Plant Protection Research Institute (PPRI), Vietnam
The workshop shall aim to provide a forum for the sharing and exchange of successful experiences and promising and practical technologies among scientists and extension workers toward the development of a holistic management approach in rehabilitating disease-infected citrus orchards applicable to the ASPAC region. Specifically, it shall seek to: a) promote a better understanding of the current status of citrus greening and virus disease occurrence and the corresponding management/rehabilitation initiatives in the participating countries; and b) collect and exchange new technological information to help scientists and extension workers develop a systematic/holistic management system/approach for citrus greening and other virus diseases.
Management and Control of Major Emerging Plant Pests in Agriculture in the Asian and Pacific Region
November 10-15, Taiwan ROC
Co-sponsors: National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIAES), Japan; Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI); Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ), COA, Taiwan ROC
With the expansion of global trade and people's international travel, a number of alien invasive organisms and plant species, which potentially pose a great threat to both agricultural production and indigenous ecosystem, have been brought in and out of the ASPAC region. This seminar aims to share and exchange knowledge and information on practical and effective schemes for the management and control of invasive plant pests devastating economically-important agricultural crops in the ASPAC region. It also seeks to share information and experience on risk analysis and management schemes for invasive plant pests.
A New Approach to Soil Information Systems for Natural Resources Management in Asian Countries
October 13-17, Japan
Co-sponsor: National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIAES), Japan
Soil Information System (SIS) provides not only relevant soil information related to crop productivity, but also a wide-ranging useful data for such areas as assessment and conservation of environmental quality and wildlife habitats, and global warming and energy concerns. In Asia, however, only a few countries have established their own SIS, which is mainly composed of computer-based soil map associated with detailed analytical soil data. The primary goal of this workshop is to create an opportunity to review the current status of soil information system in Asian countries, to share and exchange relevant information and knowledge for the development of appropriate SIS in each country, and to discuss the possibility of establishing a regional soil information system.
Production Increases in Meat Goat and Dairy Goat by Incremental Improvements of Technology and Infrastructure for Asian Small-Scale Farmers
August 04-08, Indonesia
Co-organizer: Indonesian Research Institute for Animal Production (IRIAP)
The contributions of goats to the people and economies of developing countries is well underestimated, basically because their production is considered as small in scale, and goat products seldom enter a formal marketing system. This seminar will be organized to promote information sharing and enhanced technical cooperation among countries within the ASPAC region to improve small-scale goat meat and milk production toward contributing to poverty alleviation and the attainment of food security and improved livelihood especially in the developing countries.
Integrated Coastal Zone Management (Iczm) for Sustainable Aquaculture
August 25-29, Korea
Co-sponsor: National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI), Korea
Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is a broad concept accepted globally as the framework towards coastal protection and development. Basically ICZM is seen as the sustainable management of the coastal zone with particular focus on maintaining a balance between various human and economic activities and the preservation of the environment and natural resources. This international workshop aims to serve as a venue for the sharing of knowledge and experiences on improved aquaculture technologies and management in the coastal zones, taking the ICZM concepts into consideration.
Sustainable Utilization of Biomass and Other Organic Wastes As Renewable Energy Sources and for Agricultural and Industrial Uses in the Aspac Region
November 24-28, Philippines
Co-organizer: Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD)
The bio-fuel industry could have a big impact particularly in many rural areas in the Asian region as well as on the agriculture sector. The utilization of agricultural wastes and traditional and non-traditional crops have great potential for bio-fuel conversion, as well as for other agricultural and industrial uses, which at the same time can provide alternative income streams for farmers with the establishment of energy providers and processing facilities in the rural areas. This workshop aims to promote a better understanding of the importance of bio-fuel from biomass as the new source of power for the future, as well as for other agricultural and industrial uses.
Modern Corn Cultivation Technology Transfer in Caraga Region, Philippines (Year 3)
2006-2008 (Y3: January-December 2008), Philippines
Partners: Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology (NORMISIST); Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga Region; Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO); Council of Agriculture, Taiwan ROC
This last-year implementation of a three-year special project shall focus on attaining the following specific objectives: continue testing and selecting high yield Taiwan hybrid corn varieties, not only yellow corn (for feed), but also white corn (for table and staple food) at the site nearby the group farms; organize and establish a 20 hectares group farming in corn production areas of the Caraga Region, incorporating the use Taiwan's F1 hybrid varieties; promote local capacity-building among technicians, extensions workers, and leading farmers through the conduct of on-farm demonstrations/pilot testing, as well as training courses on modern corn cultivation techniques; and produce and disseminate extension materials on improved corn cultivation for practical use by extension workers and farmers.
Establishment of Pathogen-Free Citrus Germplasm Repository for the Improvement of the Citrus Industry in the Aspac (Year 3)
2006 - 2008 (Y3: January-December 2008), Cambodia and Taiwan ROC
Partners: Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), Cambodia; National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan ROC
This last-year implementation of a three-year project aims to rehabilitate the citrus industry in Southeast Asian countries, primarily by introducing an advanced Taiwanese technology first to Cambodia, and then to other countries in the region. The technologies to be transferred include establishment and application of pathogen-free citrus foundation and disease-indexing technique for controlling seriously epidemic of citrus greening (HLB) and virus diseases. The project is currently working on the: establishment of HLB-virus indexing techniques and laboratory with equipment in RUA, Cambodia; construction of insect-proof citrus foundation repository for production of pathogen-free citrus seedlings; and demonstration of pathogen-free citrus seedlings in the field for promoting citrus production.
A Rapid, Less-Costly and Accurate Detection of Citrus Greening (HLB) Pathogen in the Asian and Pacific Region (Year 2)
April 2007-March 2009 (Y2: April 2008-March 2009), Japan and Taiwan ROC
Partners: National Institute of Fruit Tree Science (NIFTS), Japan; National Agricultural Research Center for Kyushu Okinawa Region (KONARC), Japan; National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan ROC
This is the last-year implementation of a two-year collaborative research project that aims to develop a rapid, less-costly and accurate detection technology of citrus greening pathogen on HLB-infected citrus trees, and minimize HLB damages in major citrus production areas in the region. A major activity under this project is the development of the LAMP (Loop-mediated isothermal amplification) analytical method, which is more rapid and cheaper than polymerase chain reaction (PCR), for the identification of HLB infected citrus trees.
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Figure 1 2008 work program
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