Bagan, Myanmar – Efforts and commitment to reinvent the future of agriculture and fisheries sector are embodied in the shared responsibility among the ASEAN Member States (AMS) to enrich technical knowledge and improve information sharing through capability building. Aiming to provide significant contributions in various ASEAN capability building projects, the Philippines thru the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) actively took part in the first Annual Coordination Meeting (ACM) on the “Project for Strengthening Capacity Building in Agriculture Sector in ASEAN Countries – Phase 3 (CB Project 3).”
As the National Focal Point of the Philippines, ATI OIC-Director Luz Taposok presented the 2018 training proposal for the ASEAN-Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) Japan CB Project 3 which focuses on improving and mainstreaming gender in the agriculture sector. Other projects proposed by the AMS for program year (PY) 2018 include training courses on sustainable coffee agribusiness technology, good agricultural practices (GAP) to increase crop production and food safety, strategic and management planning for sustainable development of agricultural cooperative and farmer institutions, and follow up programs on technology transfer, GAP vegetable farms, home yard utilization, seed production and quality control, as well as enhancing food safety in value chain.
The ACM was held in plenary with productive discussions on the outcomes of the general overview meeting of CB Project 2, procedures on bilateral training course in Japan, operational guidelines, Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives or JA-Zenchu’s work plan on the dispatch of Japanese experts, and the finalized work plan of the CB Project 3 PY 2018.
The CB Project is a series of training courses and programs funded by MAFF-Japan that aim to strengthen the agricultural capacities of the AMS.
Dr. Tin Htut, Permanent Secretary of the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, expressed his gratitude to the Japan Government for initiating and supporting the project. He is also hopeful that such capability building programs will become a permanent part of the ASEAN regional cooperation. Similarly, Mr. Hiroaki Kinoshita, CB Project 3 Coordinator, stressed the significant role of capability building for further agricultural development in AMS.
Deputy Director Koji Nambu from the MAFF-Japan has been thankful to the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation for hosting the meeting as well as to the AMS for their cooperation. He assured MAFF-Japan’s continued support to the CB project which sets to deliver in-depth and extensive agricultural knowledge and experience to the developing countries in the Southeast region.
The meeting participated by 20 National Focal Points and Alternate National Focal Points from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, was held last December 7-8, 2017 in the said country.