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ATI Hosts 23rd AWGATE Meeting in Tagaytay
The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) of the Philippines hosted the 23rd meeting of the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Agricultural Training and Extension (AWGATE). The activity was held last June 14 to 15, 2016 in Tagaytay City.
Delegates of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) namely; Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam attended the AWGATE meeting. They were warmly welcomed by the host and AWGATE Chairman, Dr. Asterio P. Saliot, Director of ATI. Being the only one left from the original members of the AWGATE committee, he remarked the importance of group as the frontrunner in agricultural training and extension in the ASEAN.
Saliot emphasized the contributory importance of efficient delivery of agricultural training and extension services which plays a big part of the ASEAN region’s economic development. He also pointed out that effective coordination of sound policies, identifying areas of cooperation among member countries, and determining linkages especially of international agencies greatly helps in better serving each of the AMS’ marginalized sector. He further emphasized that extension and training should not be only focused on technology transfers of various commodities but on the total human development where there is complementation in the enhancement of knowledge, skills and positive attitude.
The AWGATE meeting focused on the implementation progress of the policy framework and of the projects and activities of the ASEAN Cooperation in Agricultural Training and Extension. To enhance the extension programme of each AMS, information exchange on various initiatives were shared through the country reports.
Date and venue of the next AWGATE meeting was tentatively scheduled in May 2017 in Thailand.