In the initial stage, the center only offers training facility to students of Horticulture, Agricultural Machinery, and Farming Management majors in our university. Since 1995, we started to organize short term (one week) training courses on topics of horticulture automation management, plants and vegetables automation management, and others during winter vacation under authorization of Council of Agriculture. Until 2001, 16 courses were held and over 500 students, including core farmers, young villagers, Farmers’ Cooperatives promoters, and students of Agricultural Operation and Farm Management majors have completed the program.
We would like to express our gratitude toward officials of education and farming administration authorities, scholars, teachers and students from agricultural schools, students from Chianan region vocational schools, agronomic and horticultural businesspersons, agricultural machinery developers, seedling growers, and flower and vegetable farmers for their support and advice.
(3)Cooperation between academia and industry：To better utilize the resources, we cooperate with agricultural business, public and private organizations to employ automated machinery, facility and technology in production. We also use facilities and equipment developed by domestic companies to encourage domestic supplies. To upgrade horticulture industry in Taiwan and strengthen its competitiveness, we must promote mechanization and automation in horticulture. We welcome scholars, agricultural school personnel, agronomic and horticultural businesspersons, machinery business, and farmers to visit and their advices.