Meeting discusses ASEAN cooperation in agriculture training

|   James Kon   |

BRUNEI Darussalam is hosting the 26th meeting of ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Agricultural Training and Extension (26th AWGATE) from July 1-3 at The Centrepoint Hotel, Gadong.

The meeting was officiated by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Ishak yesterday.

The meeting was attended by senior officials from the ASEAN member states – Royal Embassy of Cambodia, Republic of Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Republic of the Philippines, Kingdom of Thailand and Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Brunei Darussalam was represented by senior officials from Department of Agriculture and Agrifood, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism. Officials from the ASEAN Secretariat were also in attendance.

AWGATE provides a platform for ASEAN member countries to share information on agricultural development and training programme, serving as an important mechanism for transfer of technologies and delivering information particularly to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and resource-poor farmers in ASEAN member countries.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Ishak delivers his remark. – JAMES KON

It was highlighted that training and extension services on ‘green’ technologies, inputs, easy access to finance and higher value markets will empowered small and medium producers towards profitable enterprises, significantly strengthening socio-economy through production of better yields and sustainable use of resources, therefore enhanced contribution towards economic development and integration of ASEAN.

The agenda of the meeting included the discussion on the progress of the policy framework implementation, projects and activities related to ASEAN cooperation in agricultural training and extension.

Various proposed projects and activities to be implemented in 2020 were also discussed.

The meeting also serves as a platform for exchange of information on the progress of the agricultural training and extension activities being implemented by the ASEAN member states.

The meeting is expected to achieve significant outputs and fruitful contribution in building a link between ASEAN member countries and extension experts, and transfer of progressive and competitive agriculture technologies.