The Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) together with Bureau of Agriculture (BOA) conducted a horticulture and cooking demonstration workshop in Melekeok on February 21th. Twenty-eight participants from Melekeok State Women Association and Palau-Taiwan Farmers’ Association came to in Bai Lechesau, Melekeok, to learn knowledge of horticultural skills 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 sixth workshop conducted by 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.
High chief Reklai urged more young people to engage in agriculture for food security and community development. Melekeok state governor Henaro Polloi also expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to give the people a better understanding of crop cultivation experience and knowledge.
The workshop was started by Miss 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 make people know how to eat healthier.
Mr. Jeffery Lin, the horticulture specialist of TTM, introduced home gardening project including abundant varieties of vegetable and fruit cultivation and management, pest and disease control; Mr. Adair Liang, assistant specialist of TTM, explained nutrition and fertilizer for soil and plant; and Miss Bernice Sidoi, staff of BOA, presented how to make compost.
TTM in Palau has been dedicated to enhance agriculture development in the island country 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, or call Taiwan Embassy at 4888150 for inquires. (PR)