Sponsored by the Council of Agriculture (COA), the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region (FFTC) and COA’s Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), the “International Seminar on Management and Remediation Technologies of Rural Soils Contaminated by Heavy Metals and Radioactive Materials” held in Wufeng, Taichung, between September 23 and 24, 2014.
COA said that this seminar invites 21 experts from 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia and Taiwan. They convene to discuss some major issues: (1) to share and exchange relevant information on effective remediation technologies for reducing radioactive or nonradioactive materials or heavy metals in the soils and groundwater systems of contaminated areas. (2) to understand the connection between heavy metals and crops in the arable soils, and to discuss the limit of contamination and management standards of the arable soils. (3) to collect and review biological, chemical and physical remediation technologies and soil management practices for effectively remediating targeted radioactive or nonradioactive materials in the contaminated arable soils.
COA also noted that the comprehensive academic exchange, research and experiences sharing among participating experts who focus on management and remediation technologies of farm soils contaminated by heavy metals and radioactive materials will help Taiwan solve related problems in the future.