The Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) together with Bureau of Agriculture (BOA) conducted a compost making and cooking demonstration workshop in Ngatpang on Tuesday this week.

Fifty-three participants from Ngatpang State community, Belau Modekngei School (BMS) and Palau-Taiwan Farmers’ Association (PTFA) came to the summer house of State Government of Ngatpang to learn how to make compost and how to cook healthy food.

In the opening remarks, Taiwan Ambassador Wallace Chow said that the workshop is in response to the “Year of Good Health” policy declared by President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. last year.

The aim is to raise people’s awareness and knowledge of living a healthy lifestyle. This is the seventh workshop conducted by the Taiwan Embassy in partnership with TTM in several states of Palau.

Ambassador Wallace Chow also encouraged the people to consume more local vegetables and produce as this is not only good for their health but also supports local farmers.

Ngatpang Governor Francesca R. Otong thanked TTM for holding the workshop in the state and urged more young generation to engage in agriculture for food security and community development, and also expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to give the people a better understanding of healthy cooking and compost making.

The workshop was started by Ting Chou, nutritionist of TTM, to demonstrate cooking of taro chicken soup, Thai basil ground pork and Taiwanese style green salad using mainly locally-grown ingredients, and also to present nutrition education for a healthier diet.

Jeffery Lin, the horticulture specialist of TTM, introduced the home gardening project.

Adair Liang, assistant specialist of TTM, explained nutrition and fertilizer for soil and plant.

Benjamin Tsai, another horticulture specialist of TTM, presented the benefits of compost and how to make it while Jeremy Lin, assistant specialist of TTM, presented how to make taro milk and hada tasting.

TTM has been dedicated to enhancing agricultural development in Palau for more than three decades. It is operating a demonstration farm in Nekken, Aimeliik, and has been implementing a number of programs.

TTM is glad to share technology and experience for those interested in home gardening project and horticultural cultivation.

Please kindly contact TTM at 4886557, 5441012, 5441616 or call Taiwan Embassy at 4888150 for inquiries. (PR)