2004 Workshop on FNCA
Biofertilizer Project was held in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
||Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Viet Nam,
Ministry of Education,
Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
||Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INST),
Vietnam Atomic Energy Commission
Vietnam Agricultural Science Institute (VASI)
||Japan Atomic Industrial Forum Inc. (JAIF)
||1 each from China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines,
2 from Thailand,
4 from Japan and 9 from Viet Nam, total 20
Dr. Vuong Huu Tan, Chairman
of VAEC and Dr. Vo Van Thuan, Director of INST/VAEC
gave opening remarks and welcomed the participants.
Dr. Tadashi Yokoyama, Project Leader of Japan delivered
the address on behalf of Japan
reports with theme of “Improvement of Soil Microbial
Each participating country reported status of biofertilizer activities in each
country and the application of radiation for sterilization
A total seven special lectures
were presented, viz. three from Viet Nam, one from Thailand
and three from Japan.
Sterilization of carrier by irradiation was proposed.
Some countries has been using irradiation for sterilization
of carrier but it found that depth study on the effective
sterilization doses for each carrier materials are still
Close cooperation with irradiation service facilities
in each country is important.
|Institute for Application of Atomic Energy, CAAS, China
<Use of the Nuclear Facilities>
Irradiation facilities in FNCA countries were introduced.
The problems of irradiation such as cost or incomplete
sterilization were indicated.
FNCA are expected to facilitate between institutes
and coordinators for promoting the use of radiation
in each country.
of Biofertilizer Use by the farmers>
The promotion of biofertilizer use by farmers has been
carried out in some FNCA countries by transfer of technology
to farmers via field demonstration, advertising and
The problems such as lack of appropriate inoculum or
heavy price of some biofertilizers such as mycorrhiza
were pointed out.
|Philippine Nuclear Research Institute
The successful promotion of biofertilizer will be promoted
by both the government and the companies selling the
biofertilizer products with proper quality control.
<FNCA Field Demonstration
and N-15 Experiments>
Field demonstrations have been conducted in the respective
Most of the results indicate that biofertilizer could
supplement some chemical fertilizers.
| Department of Agriculture, Thailand
However some participating countries are considering
more research on the use of PGPR on important food
crops such as rice.
Experiments using N-15 have been carried out but are
very limited due to the high cost of N-15 isotope labeled
fertilizers. FNCA Coordinator were requested to ask
the assistance from the IAEA.
Japanese group presented their part of manual as the
first version. The rest part of the manual will be
presented in the next Workshop (2005) and The final
edition will be published at the end of 2006.
The theme will be “Field Trial” including “Yield response”
and “Feasibility study and technology transfer”.
The use of biofertilizer carriers sterilized by irradiation
as one of the sterilization methods was recommended
The place will be in the Philippines.
No.5 will be published by Malaysia on May and No.6
by Indonesia on September 2005.
with IAEA, ICRISAT or JSPS>
FNCA will encourage collaboration with these agencies.
On the third day, participants
made technical visit to Institute for Nuclear Science
and Technology, VAEC and Hanoi Irradiation Center,
which included the “Center for radiation protection
and monitoring” and Co-60 facility.
Workshop was successful with participants from 8 countries
and great organizing and warm hospitalities of INST,
VAEC and VASI.