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Agriculture Hall is Hit at “Technical Dream Factory” Exhibition

Agriculture Hall is Hit at “Technical Dream Factory” Exhibition

The Ministry of Education invited NPUST to be one of the 13 exhibiting universities at the “Technical Dream Factory” exhibition held at the Taipei Main Station on December 8th and 9th. The exhibition was divided into three main categories, including “New Technology”, “New Agriculture” and “New Ocean”, each of which was stationed in a separate hall. Visitor had a great time viewing the exhibits and taking part in the carefully prepared activities which made the event feel like a grand vocational education party.

NPUST sent a total of five teams hailing from six departments to represent the university and showcase its successful research in “Smart Forestry Survey Technology”, “Friendly Smart Agriculture”, “Plant Medicine”, “New Farming”, and “Stationary Cycling”.

Civil Engineering Professor Yu-Min Wang led the Friendly Smart Agriculture team. The group is currently conducting experiments on new rice cultivation techniques in southeastern Taiwan. For the exhibition, they transported 16 planters from the experimental crop field in Taichung to the Main Station in Taipei so that they would have real samples of the four stages of cultivation on display for the visitors to witness. The model that they have been experiencing success in involves applying friendly probiotic farming techniques with longer drying intervals and drones used for field management. Once the crop is harvested, on-site rice polishers are used to grind the rice until it is clean and white. At the exhibit, the team shared rice ice-cream and popcorn rice so visitors could learn about probiotics and friendly farming methods while enjoying delicious treats made from the fruits of their success.

With a great deal of experience in the field, Forestry Professor Mei-hui Chen headed up the team that put on the very popular “New Agriculturalist” installment at the exhibition. Her team presented on creative restoration, under forest economies and ecotourism and showed off some of the under forest products they are focused on including mushrooms, honey and beeswax. Adding another element to the “new agriculture experience”, Professor Ning-Han Liu from the Department of Management had a stationary bike set up with virtual scenery taken from Guanshan, Taitung and Wutai, Pingtung. The experience allowed visitors to feel like a smart agriculturalist patrolling rice patties in Guanshan or hobby cyclist riding through the mountainous Wutai tribal area.

Presenting on “Smart Forest Survey Technology”, Forestry Professor Chien-Chang Chen and his team captured a lot of attention with the four large aerial photo UAVs they brought to the exhibit. Visitors were provided with explanations of past and present survey techniques, forest management technology and personnel training so they could get a good perspective on the development and changes that are taking place in the industry.

Perhaps the most popular exhibit of all, however, was on the topic of “Plant Medicine” headed up by Plant Medicine Assistant Professor Wen-Hua Chen. Worms, moths, lychee mites, flat-bellied bees, red-winged larvae – what more could you ask for? The likes of these were given the spotlight at the plant medicine installment so that visitors could have an “up-close and personal” with the types of pests that cause so many problems for agriculturalists working to bring food to our tables. The team educated visitors on pest prevention by explaining concepts related to the biological chain, and gave them an appreciation for the important roles proper use of pesticides and ecological control play in creating good environments and improving food safety. 

The two-day event at the Taipei Main Station was hosted by the Ministry of Education and executed by Taiwan University of Science and Technology. With such a rich variety of activities and excellent turnout, the event was a great success. It was also an excellent opportunity for NPUST to bring attention to the contributions it is making towards agriculture technology and will hopefully attract new students who want to take part in the next era of development in the agriculture industry.

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