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West Asian group to learn about organic farming in Taiwan

2012/06/20 17:53:27

Taipei, June 20 (CNA) Over 20 young people from seven West Asian countries have started a 10-day tour of Taiwan to learn about organic farming and green industry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

Their experiences will be of great use to them because their home countries are transforming themselves and becoming more energy aware, said Teng Shen-ping, an official from the ministry's Department of West Asian Affairs, the organizer of the program.

"The program is also a great opportunity to promote Taiwan to the world," he said.

The 23 people, aged less than 30 and chosen from a large number of applicants, hail from Turkey, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, countries that have large desert areas, he said.

"It should be a new experience for them to see how vegetables are grown here," Teng said, while outlining a tour to an organic farm on the outskirts of Taipei City.

Besides witnessing Taiwan's achievements in agriculture, the delegation will visit a local incinerator and a foundation dedicated to marine conservation, according to the program's flexible itinerary.

Although many countries in the West Asian region are rich in petroleum, there is still a need for them to seek alternative energy solutions, as their resources could run out one day, the official said.

In that sense, Taiwan's experience in developing green energy could serve as an important reference for them, he added.

The program, themed "Love Our Planet" this year, has been held each year for four consecutive years.

(By Nancy Liu)