The organization of the study visits programme on specific requests from the member countries to study the achievements of the member countries in the field of agriculture and rural development is one of the important activities of the Organization.
Study Visit for Experts on “Role of ICTs in Agriculture/Rural Development and Governance” in the Republic of China (Taiwan), 15- 21 November 2015
The convergence of Information Technology with Communication Technology, including Internet, as “Information & Communication Technology (ICT)”, has brought a paradigm shift in the approach for management of data & information for value-added services. Hence various ICT methods/systems are giving impetus to agricultural and rural development wherever applied. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an increasingly powerful tool in almost all aspects of development, including global markets, political stability, social welfare, and environmental sustainability. With technological development in this field, “Geographical Information System (GIS)” has emerged as powerful tool which has potential to organize complex spatial environment with tabular relationships. The power and potential of GIS is unlimited.
The Republic of China has been in the forefront of agriculture and rural development and has vast experience in ICTs. Considering the advancement and work done by the Republic of China, the Study Visit on “Role of ICTs in Agriculture/Rural Development and Governance” was organized in collaboration with the Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, Government of the Republic of China during 15-21 November 2015.
The study visit programme was attended by sixteen (16) delegates from twelve (12) AARDO members, namely, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Zambia and Korea Rural Community Cooperation (KRC), Korea. Besides, two senior officials of AARDO attended the programme.
The inaugural function of the programme, held on 16 November 2015, was addressed by His Excellency Dr. Bao-ji Chen, the Hon’ble Minister of Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, Government of the Republic of China and H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO. The inaugural function was also attended by Dr. Jen-pin Chen, Director General of Department of International Affairs, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, Government of the Republic of China and resource persons/senior officials of the Council.
During the study visit, delegates visited various centres of excellence i. e.; National Taiwan University, Taipei; Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Taichung; Mushroom Farm, Puxin Township, Changhua County; Soil and Water Conservation Bureau (SWCB), TaoMi Community, Puli Township, Nantou County; Han Kuan Fruit & Vegetable Cooperatives, Siluo Town, Yunlin County; Kinpo Plant Factory, Shenkeng Dist., New Taipei City; Taipei Flower Auction Company, Neihu Dist., Taipei, etc. Participants were exposed to various ICT based project networks, including pests ecological monitoring, crops production control, wireless sensor network system, farmland cover map, data browsing, querying system, application of ICT on debris flow and soil conservation, flower auction connecting with internet and price inquiry system and use of ICTs in agricultural marketing. The participants have acquainted themselves with up-to-date technologies on ICTs being used in agriculture and rural development in the Republic of China. In fact, participants were very impressed of the advancement and work done by the esteemed country in the field of ICTs and agriculture.
In the forenoon of 20 November 2015, the concluding session of the programme was held. It was attended by H.E. Mr. Wen-Deh Chen, Deputy Minister of the Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, Government of the Republic of China. After the remarks of the Deputy Minister, a panel discussion, chaired by Director General of Department of International Affairs, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, Government of the Republic of China was conducted where delegates expressed their views and shared experiences.
In the past, AARDO organized many study visits for officials from member countries, usually for 2-3 experts at a time. This was the first time ever for a large group from different member countries to attend a study visit on a specialized theme in one hosting country. Thanks are due to the esteemed Government of the Republic of China.