ASEAN+3 agree on joint approach in agriculture
According to the joint press release issued after the 14th meeting of ASEAN+3 Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry, a total of 6,730 tonnes of rice was stockpiled under the ASEAN+3 Emergency Rice Reserve Agreement, of which 6,150 tonnes have been distributed to the Philippines to assist in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan.
ASEAN agriculture ministers also encouraged Japan to expand its establishment of Food Value Chain in some ASEAN member states through public-private partnership cooperation on a regional level.
Chairing the meeting, Myanmar’s Agriculture and Irrigation Minister U Myint Hlaing stressed the need for ASEAN+3 countries to closely supervise the various ongoing activities under the ASEAN+3 Cooperation Strategy Framework. He also urged the ASEAN+3 countries to closely cooperate with each other in order to tackle the challenges posed by natural and man-made disasters, as well as the challenges posed by climate change. He also called on the countries to achieve the sustainability of natural resources.
ASEAN+3 countries also agreed to implement activities especially in the areas of food security and bio-energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable forest management, agricultural research and development, control and eradication of trans-boundary pest and animal diseases and human resources development. ■