For every country, the agricultural sector is always the backbone of economy. As such, increasing support for policies and technological developments related to new agriculture is a matter that brooks no delay. The establishment of a smart agricultural sci-tech service system has been a top priority for Taiwan government in recent years, the goals of which have been to boost efficiency in agricultural operations and management, enhance product quality, stabilize production levels, and improve risk management. In September 2020, the Executive Yuan convened the BioTaiwan Committee (BTC) to identify five areas of action for the purpose of promoting new agriculture technology and strengthening food safety measures. These include recommendations to consolidate resources in cross-domain applications of technology, integrate digital technology into precision medicine, enhance agricultural diversification to support a high-quality ecosystem for precision medicine and big health, and build resources and infrastructure for the big health industry.
Please read the interview with Chen Junne-jih, Deputy Minister of the Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan (COA), and Chen Hong-chen, Director General of the Department of Life Sciences, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).