Agriculture

Fiji discusses agricultural cooperation with Thailand

A delegation from Fiji is participating in the first joint Agricultural Working Group meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of the Kingdom of Thailand to seek collaboration on a range of agricultural issues. The two-day meeting, which ended yesterday, is a follow-up to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed in Bangkok, […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 13, 2016 8:32 am

A delegation from Fiji is participating in the first joint Agricultural Working Group meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of the Kingdom of Thailand to seek collaboration on a range of agricultural issues.

Delegates of the First Agricultural Working Group Meeting (Fiji - Thailand).(DEPFTO)
Delegates of the First Agricultural Working Group Meeting (Fiji – Thailand).(DEPTFO)

The two-day meeting, which ended yesterday, is a follow-up to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed in Bangkok, Thailand in December 2015 for agricultural cooperation between Fiji and the Kingdom of Thailand by the respective Ministers for Agriculture.

Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary Jitendra Singh said Fiji is seeking collaboration on issues such as animal nutrition, improvements in tissue culture facilities, technical expertise in virgin coconut oil (VCO) processing, veterinary services and contract farming.

SINGH: “The MOU would pave the way to strengthen agricultural production, both countries have encouraged attachments and visits to respective agencies in Fiji and Thailand to gain further knowledge.”

“With improved knowledge, officials will be able to ascertain the best way forward for implementation in the host countries.”

On the other hand,Thailand has also sought Fiji’s assistance in coconut field gene bank management and utilization of coconut varieties for virgin coconut oil (VCO) production.

While proposals have been tabled, exchange of technical information will take place to facilitate cooperation on these issues.

As part of their visit, the Fiji delegation also visited agro-processing businesses in Bangkok to gain an understanding of their operations.

The Fijian delegation included:

  • the Deputy Secretary (Agricultural Development) Mr Uraia Waibuta
  • Chairman of Copra Millers Mr Raj Sharma
  • the CEO of Fiji Crop and Livestock Council Mr Jiu Daunivalu
  • Mr Calvin Kaiming of Kaiming Processors Ltd
  • Charge de Affairs of Fiji High Commission (Malaysia) Mr Pita Tagicakirewa

The meeting was chaired by Inspector-General Mrs Wimolporn Thitisak of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of the Kingdom of Thailand and Co-Chaired by the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Jitendra Singh of Fiji.

The next Joint Agricultural Working Group Meeting will be held in Fiji in 2018.

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