The Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) organized a taro cultivation and processing workshop in collaboration with the Bureau of Agriculture (BOA) on August 21st.

Thirty-five participants from Ngchesar, Hatohobei and Ngiwal came to TTM’s demonstration farm in Aimeliik to learn more knowledge of taro patch management and new value for taro.

The workshop started with the farm tour, Mr. Jeffery Lin, horticulture specialist of TTM, and Mr. Hartman Ybelmar, TTM staff, explaining the making and importance of the organic compost to farming.

TTM Team Leader Vincent Yang presented the briefing about the history and the development of TTM in the Republic of Palau (ROP). Benjamin Tsai, horticulture specialist of TTM and Bernice Sidoi of the BOA showcased TTM’s modified taro cultivation method to participants.

Tsai said to participants that farmers get twice the result with half the effort if they have healthy soil and healthy seedlings.

The taro cultivation workshop showed people how to fertilize soil, conduct seedling disinfection and control major pest. Participants also learned the process of taro flour making with commercial scale equipments and several kinds of taro flour utilizations.  They gained fruitful knowledge from the workshop and looked forward to participating in next one.

TTM has been assisting Palau in the agricultural development for more than three decades.

TTM operates a demonstration farm in Nekken Aimeliik, in service of farmer requests and a number of programs.

Programs such as taro seedling production, taro varieties preservation, school farm program, school lunch vegetable supplement, agricultural techniques consultation and special requests.

The next horticulture workshop will be held on September 25th, 2018. All agencies and organizations are encouraged to participate. Please kindly contact TTM at 4886557, 5441616, or call Taiwan Embassy at 4888150 for inquiries or registration. (PR)