Collaboration with USTC-Suzhou and SXAU, China
On 15 August 2019, Dr. Chutima Eamchotchawalit, Governor of Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR), together with Mr. Sayan Tanpanich, Deputy Governor R&D Groups for Bio-industries, Dr. Rochana Tangkoonboribun, Director of Expert Center of Innovative Agriculture (InnoAg), and Dr. Khanok-on Amprayn, Research of Expert Center of Innovative Agriculture (InnoAg), visited to Suzhou Institute of Advanced Technology, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC-Suzhou), located in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China. The purposes of the visit were to discuss on cooperation of functional agriculture research with Chinese researcher and expert team led by Dr. Jing Tu, Director of USTC-Suzhou, to attend MOU signing ceremony between TISTR and USTC-Suzhou, and to attend unveiling ceremony of ‘TISTR – USTC-Suzhou Joint Lab and Demonstration Base for Functional Agriculture’. After the ceremony, TISTR delegation had a site visit to ‘Donglin Agricutlure Demonstration Base’ operated by Suzhou SETEK Co., Ltd., one of Chinese agencies under USTC, to study complete management on functional agriculture.
On 16 August 2019, TISTR delegation continued their program activities by transferring from Jiangsu to Shanxi Province, to attend meeting with researchers and expert team led by Zhao Chunming, President of Shanxi Agricultural University (SXAU). TISTR and SXAU also had signing ceremony on ‘Collaboration Agreement on Agricultural Technologies’. The purposes of the Agreement is to promote collaboration on agriculture technologies between the two institutes, focusing on bio-fortification, drought management, food ingredients, botanical extraction for food and feed, and horticultural cultivation.
All these activities are a part of the Thailand-China STI Cooperation Project (Fiscal Year 2019) entitled ‘Research and Development on Functional Agriculture’, supported by the Ministry of Higher Education, Sciences, Research and Innovation (MHESI), the Royal Thai Government.