Under the global trend of net zero carbon emissions, Taiwan’s agricultural technology is also undergoing a transformation towards a more sustainable goal. Agriculture will become the bellwether of Taiwan’s net zero carbon emissions. Various new technologies will be showcased in the SUSTENABILITY Pavilion at the 2021 Taiwan Innotech Expo organized by the Council of Agriculture (COA) of the Executive Yuan. The Expo will kick off on October 14th with the physical exhibition until 16th at TWTC Exhibition Hall 1. The show will also feature the on-line exhibition simultaneously from October 14th to 23rd, which features virtual exhibits and real-time forums, offering new alternatives for exhibition visitors during the pandemic.
The COA pointed out that this year's exhibition is based on the core technology of "New Agriculture 2.0", and is divided into three themes, namely "Precision Artificial Intelligence", "Sustainable Recycling", and "Multiple Value-Added" which contains 35 new agricultural technologies and 8 products that have been successfully commercialized, totaling 43 revolutionary exhibits. Production efficiency can be improved through intelligent and precise technology development, which can also solve the problem of insufficient agricultural labor at the same time. The recycling and reutilization of wastes continued in the agricultural production process can reduce resource exhaustion and create higher functionality and value for agricultural products.
The COA stated that the technologies on display are the results and achievements of years of research conducted by COA’s affiliated laboratories and research institutions, or colleges and universities funded by the COA. For example, traditional agricultural machinery uses gasoline as fuel; however, the electric aerial platforms developed by the Tainan District Agricultural Research and Extension Station not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production, but also improves the efficiency of harvesting and pruning operations by 50%. The composting technology based on Bacillus amyloliquefaciens and Trichoderma asperelloides developed by Taichung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station can significantly reduce the large amount of greenhouse gases generated by livestock manure, which can then be reused as fertilizer, improve crop resistance to disasters, and reduce pollution to the environment and water resources.
The 2021 edition of Taiwan Innotech Expo marks the first time for the show to feature the physical and on-line virtual exhibitions simultaneously. The on-line exhibition employs audio-visual and 3D exhibits to create an immersive virtual experience. The exhibition also features themed technology presentations and forums. There are more of the latest agricultural R&D technologies in the show waiting for visitors to discover, and the organizers extend a warm welcome to everyone to make physical or virtual visit to the show.