National Science Council October 27, 2016 at 12:00 am

Republic of China (Taiwan) makes progress in agricultural biotechnology the results of Taiwan’s development program of representing for agricultural biotechnology”(DPIAB) have paid attractive dividends according to the Economic Council (COA) and inspired scientific research, sector development and talent care in Taiwan. “The five-year plan for national agricultural biotechnology development” was unveiled by the Cabinet of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 2009. With NT$ 2.4 billion (US$ 81 million) worth project is a joint effort between Academia Sinica, Council of agriculture, National Science Council, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of education and Ministry of health and welfare. The plan should be expected at the end of the year completed. The DPIAB had presented on 30 October at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, during a two-day event, the results of implementation of the initiative. There was also held a forum at the 12 teams from 48 public and private organizations their successful Shared experiences and stressed Taiwan’s strengths with regard to agricultural biotechnology. Deputy Minister of the Economic Council, Hu Sing-hwa, said that the year 2013 for Taiwan’s development in agricultural biotechnology has been very successful. While the development project draws to a close, the COA will continue to design strategies to sharpen the global competitiveness of local companies with regard to agriculture and biotechnology. According to a representative of the DPIAB, the national development program is focused on promoting the vertical integration of various sectors, such as agriculture, livestock and poultry, microbiology and vegetation. The project has in the past four years, the training of 16,000 persons allows the publication of more than 600 research studies and 300 patents and promoted 279 technology transfer agreements, amounting to a total license fee of NT$ 220 million Among the successful technology developments include a pig vaccine on the basis of bananas, Fish food to build muscle, a new breed of Oncidium Orchid, biogas fuel production through manure and a pink shining fish worth mentioning.

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