Chi Nan University and Taiwanese
firm CH Biotech R&D look
forward to a fruitful year of agricultural cooperation following the signing of
a Letter of Intent (LOI) in December 2019. The partnership will see land
revitalization and student participation from NCNU, and technical and on-site
training from CH Biotech.
in 2013, CH Biotech has devoted NT$2 billion to establishing a global R&D
center at the Central Taiwan Science Park’s Chung Hsing location. The
Nantou-based innovator then formed an alliance with Taiwan’s Industrial
Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan Fertilizer, Know-You Seed Co., and
Tien Heng Machinery Co. last November.
Precision Agriculture Alliance draws upon each member’s respective specialties
in identifying and cultivating prized species, regulating crop growth and
nutrition levels, and designing greenhouses, among other skills. Targeting the
high-end agricultural market, alliance members work to optimize the output
value per unit of farmland.
his lifelong aspirations to contribute to Taiwan and the nation’s agricultural
sector in particular, CH Biotech Chairman Wu Chen-pang pointed out precision is
the key to profit as most produce lose value due to loss of freshness or
quality. Moreover, successful expansion of precision agriculture, otherwise
known as site-specific crop management, will enhance the market value of
Taiwan’s agricultural output by 30%. This field is moving from experimenting to
forging templates, he said, and the equipment that will cut costs for farmers
will be on the market soon.
CH Biotech R&D center has recently completed a study on optimizing the
growth of cucumber, tomato, and coffee plants, Chairman Wu added, and this is
where the partnership with NCNU begins. By enlarging the first 20-ping
(6-square-meter) experimental greenhouse at the center to an industrial
200-ping (66-square-meter) standard one at NCNU, the partnership will help
finalize the 2,000-ping (660-square-meter) prototype unit produced for commercial
President Dr. Yuhlong Oliver Su said that he is confident in the
academic-industrial collaboration that will see the university’s Department of
Applied Chemistry students lead the way for agricultural research, and the Department
of Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management students work with CH Biotech
engineers on refining coffee-processing technology.
opportunity will also utilize the vast lands of NCNU, train students in
management and agricultural skills, and perhaps even lead to internships in the
future, he stated. In giving his blessings to the new partnership, Su also
spoke of his hopes for the establishment of a collegial unit devoted to
biological resources to complete the last piece of the university’s founding
scope of collaboration outlined by the Letter of Intent encompasses the
development of precision-based greenhouse operations, such as smart agriculture
and self-regulating facilities; organizational management, including analytical
software and big data analysis; and coffee-processing technology, by holding
academic and technical seminars.