International Symposium on Biopesticides & Biofertilizers for Sustainable Agriculture, 13-15 October, 2015, Chinese Taipei.
The Agricultural Technology Research Institute (ATRI), Chinese Taipei, co-organised with APCoAB, COA and China Productivity Centre, the International Symposium on Biopesticides & Biofertilizers for Sustainable Agriculture from the 13-15thOctober, 2015 in Chinese Taipei. A total of 120 participants from Industry, regulators, and scientists from Universities and Research Institutes in Chinese Taipei as well as experts and officials from 5 South East Asian countries took part. The main objectives of this Symposium were to understand registration systems, policies, and rules and regulations of Southeast Asian countries concerning biopesticides and biofertilizers, understand the development status, management, marketing promotion, and marketing biopesticides and biofertilizers as well as promote international cooperation in biopesticides and biofertilizers through international industrial development and co-operation. The Symposium covered talks by local and foreign regulatory officials and scientists from Chinese Taipei and abroad. Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, besides Chinese Taipei were represented in the symposium. APAARI nominated a participant from Malaysia.

The talks covered the respective country laws and regulations on registration of biofertilizers and biopesticides as well as the latest research and development on biofertilizers and biopesticides. A field visit was organized covering Kaohsiung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station, COA, Pingtung Agricultural Biotechnology Park (PABP), COA and a Bio fertilizer factory called Advanced Green Biotechnology Inc.


  • Better understanding of the registration systems, policies and regulation rules in bio pesticides and bio fertilizers in Taiwan and other South East Asian countries;
  • Status of research and development in the field of bio fertilizer and bio pesticides of Taiwan and other South East Asian countries; and
  • Promotion of international cooperation in the field of bio fertilizer and bio pesticide between researchers and industry.

  • There was consensus that all concerned should encourage ad promote the wider use of biopesticides and biofertilizers. This will then increase the production and bring the cost down. The present high cost of biofertilizers and biopesticides is seen as an obstacle to the greater adoption and usage by farmers ;
  • It was agreed that a mechanism for regional or international cooperation should be set up under the umbrella of ASEAN;
  • ATRI to initiate a regional consortium with industry players and other experts in this field to organize symposiums, workshops and conferences;
  • To conduct more research in increasing the shelf life of biopesticides and biofertilizers at the request of Industry as this is a major problem faced by manufactures;
  • To consider having botanical pesticides de regulated or easier process of registering as they are extracts from plants, having lower toxicity. However it is important to look into their proper formulation;
  • To study the problems involved in the export of bio pesticides and bio fertilizers and come up with better solutions to ease this problem;
  • To have a list of material that would be exempt from registration;
  • To have a list of terminologies, agreed by all experts from the various countries in South East Asia and Taiwan so that there is better understanding of what falls under the various categories;
  • ATRI will prepare the proceedings of this Symposium; and ·All the suggestions and recommendations will be taken up by the Department of Science and Technology, COA, Taiwan.

Published on: 2016-10-04 (365 reads)
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