In September a four days training course “Techniques in Greenhouse Fruit Vegetable Production” has been held by researchers from Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture in Taiwan. The course was part of a Dutch-Taiwanese collaboration programme on sustainable modern greenhouse vegetable production.
About 100 participants followed the multidisciplinary course covering subjects like: modern tomato crop management, soilless cultivation, greenhouse climate control and control of pest and diseases. The course was prepared and organised by Tainan Development and Research experimental station (Dr. Dennis Wang) and Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture (Dr. Silke Hemming). Trainers were Dr. Ep Heuvelink (tomato expert Wageningen University), Erik van Os (expert on soilless culture), Frank Kempkes (greenhouse climate expert) and Marieke van der Staaij (expert on integrated pest and disease management).
During the course participants learned the theoretical principles of greenhouse production techniques and got background information on tomato physiology, greenhouse physics, water and nutrient chemistry and pest and disease control. Next to that a practical demonstration of measuring substrate water content, EC level and pH was given as well as on sensors and measuring greenhouse temperature and humidity and possible climate control measures.
The cooperation of Taiwan and The Netherlands is facilitated by the Taiwanese Council of Agriculture (COA) and Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs (EZ) and the Netherlands Trade and Investment Office (NTIO). Already in 2011 a public private partnership (PPP) between both countries started with the aim to stimulate sustainable modern greenhouse vegetable production in Taiwan, facilitating business opportunities between both countries and exchange knowledge.