SIG Veg & Orn meeting agenda includes Sunflower trade, knowledge transfer, pesticide trends and remote-sensing tech
KUALA LUMPUR: APSA’s Special Interest Group for Vegetables and Ornamentals invites Asian Seed Congress delegates involved in vegetable and flower seed business to attend its technical session on November 26, which features five expert speakers on a variety of topics of interest.
The session will be held 15.15 to 18.15 in Extension Hall Room 7a and 7b at KLCC.
To start the session off, SIG Chai , Mr Michel Devarrewaere will review the group’s main activities this year including a recent Study Tour to Israel and the 3rd Asian Solanaceous Round Table in Bangalore India.
The first keynote presentation of the session will feature an overview of the sunflower ornamental market, delivered by Takahiro Ando, General Manager of International Sales and Marketing at one of the leading Japanese companies, Takii.
According to the abstract, sunflower (Helianthus anuus) is a plant that originated from the American continent, and has as been actively bred as an ornamental plant globally since the early 20th century.
Mr. Takahiro Ando, who has been working in international vegetable and flower seed business at Takii for 25 years, including through its subsidiaries in the United States, Indonesia and the Netherlands, will delve into everything sunflower in his 30 minute slot.
Click here for his bio and abstract.
After that, Mr Herve Thieblemont (Regional Seed Business Development, Lead, Asia, Syngenta Foundation and Mr Stuart Morris (Director, East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer, East – West Seed Foundation) will each give brief presentations on the topic of “Knowledge transfer for small holding farmers”
In his segment, Mr. Thieblemont will introduce the Basel, Switzerland-based Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), which has “designed and developed commercially viable business models in Africa and Asia to empower rural entrepreneurs to fulfill the needs of the farming community with the deployment of modern. SFSA mission is to create value for resource-poor smallholder farmers in developing countries by supporting innovation in sustainable agriculture and activation of value chains.
Having grown up on an arable farm in the wheat and sugar beet belt in Champagne, France, Mr Thieblemont has worked 35 years for the private seed sector mostly at the international level in Europe, North America and Asia. He holds an Engineering degree in Agronomy from AgroParisTech as well as a MBA from EM Lyon Business School, France.
Full bio and abstract here
Following that, Stuart Morris of East-West Seed will present on the topic of “Promoting vegetable production as a rewarding livelihood: A win-win for farmer and company” in which he will talk about what his company is actively doing to support intensive training to farmers as a precursor to commercial activities in less developed or emerging markets.
He will introduce the independent, non-profit foundation ‘East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer’, which is dedicated to showcasing profitable and sustainable production practices.
Stuart has extensive knowledge and expertise in project management, strategy development, and technical expertise in developing inclusive, market driven agricultural value chains.
His bio and full abstract can be found here.
The fourth presentation of the session will be on the topic of “The need to reduce pesticide misuse and improve food safety in vegetable production” delivered by Dr Pepijn Schreinemachers (Program Leader – Enabling Impact, World Vegetable Center).
Giving an overview of the “Status Of Seed Legislation And Policies In The Asia-Pacific Region” Dr. Pepijn will elaborate on alarming trends about increasing chemical pesticide use in high-value vegetable and ornament crop production, and talk about the health risks to farm workers, consumers, environmental damages and impact on the bottom line. His presentation will cover the development and promotion of safer pest management methods for farmers and the differentiation of products based on food safety attributes as well as implementation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
Pepijn Schreinemachers is Flagship Program Leader for Enabling Impact at the World Vegetable Center and based in Bangkok, Thailand. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Germany and a MSc in Development Studies from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
Full bio and abstract here.
The fifth and final presentation of the session will be on “Remote Sensing technologies for seed companies” by Mr Jurgen Decloedt (Business Development Manager, VITO).
The presentation will give an overview of the current state-of-the-art Remote Sensing technologies, and applications in the seed industry as well as an outlook of the evolution of technology in the years to come.
Jurgen (bio and abstract), who has also worked in high tech environments at Philips, TeleAtlas and TomTom before joining VITO in 2016, will specifically touch on two-remote sensing based applications that can benefit seed production. These include an application called MapEO, a drone based phenotyping solution to speed up and improve the phenotyping process, and another application, WatchITgrow, a multi-satellite based solution to monitor multiplication and production fields.
The session will be wrapped up by SIG Co-chair, Dr Yan Shupeng.