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In 2020, the world suffered from COVID-19 and extreme weather. Time Magazine also commented on a special article that extreme weather around the world has significantly threatened agriculture production. Besides the extreme weather, the ageing workforce is also having a negative impact on agricultural industry. According to the “World Food and Agriculture – Statistical Yearbook 2020” published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)...Read More
In the past, agriculture was an important industry supporting Taiwan’s economy. With the development of industrialization, the national economy has gradually switched to being primarily based on manufacturing and commerce; however, agriculture still plays an indispensable role in our lives. In recent years, with the integration of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence... Read More
Innovative Transition and Scientific Breakthroughs of Smart Agriculture in Taiwan
The concept of “Smart Agriculture" originated from the idea of protecting and optimizing nature's water, air, sunlight, soil, and diverse ecological properties at their myriad sources, and developing a bio-economy through combining the resources of nature with local farmers, biotechnology, and medical industries. By using innovative "bio-refining” technology, high-value ingredients, feed, fertilizer, energy, fine viewing, and biomaterials, an innovative strategy of living and cultivation can be produced, which has been the inspiration for learning from nature.
Taiwan’s “Smart Agriculture Policy,” which is distinguished from the industrial production model of agriculture that dominated the 20th Century, focuses on three main axes: (1) Promoting a smart model of domestic agriculture system, (2) Constructing an agricultural safety network, and (3) Enhancing agricultural marketing capabilities, in order to operate, produce, and consolidate the resilience and sustainability of Taiwan’s agriculture.
With the six main themes that highlight the multiple facets of Taiwan's “Smart Agriculture,” the six invited outstanding presenters of research cover the following topics: “Microbial Composting,” eco-friendly insights into “Biological Pesticides,” “Botanical Drug Development,” “Taiwanofungus camphoratus,” which is an expensive, edible medicinal fungus, “Smart Agriculture,” and “Organic Non-toxic Agriculture and Smart Farming.”
It is hoped that, in the foreseeable future, the emergence of “Smart Agriculture” will serve as a paradigm that can change the traditional perspective on agriculture in order to constantly provide high-quality agricultural production so that the environment is not damaged or exploited in the persistent development of the agriculture industry.
Editor in Chief
Ying-Shao Hsu (National Taiwan Normal University)
Chia-Lin Chang (National Chung Hsing University)