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Fiji, Thailand Progress Relations On Agriculture

Mr Seruiratu said Fiji had a lot to gain from its partnership with Thailand in terms of technology, information-sharing and best practices The Governments of Fiji and Thailand have progressed
17 Sep 2018 10:28
Fiji, Thailand Progress Relations On Agriculture
From left: Agriculture Permanent Secretary David Kolitagane, Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Inia Seruiratu and the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and Co-operatives in Thailand, Lertviroj Kowattana during the recent joint workshop at Suva’s Holiday Inn. Photo: DEPTFO News

Mr Seruiratu said Fiji had a lot to gain from its partnership with Thailand in terms of technology, information-sharing and best practices

The Governments of Fiji and Thailand have progressed on areas of mutual interest and co-operation in the agriculture sector.

It is one of the key outcomes emanating from the second session of joint Agriculture working group (JAWG) meeting which was recently hosted by Fiji at the Holiday Inn in Suva.

The meeting was held to review the progress of projects from the first joint meeting held in Thailand in 2016 and to exchange views on other new projects.

The JAWG is responsible for assessing the outcomes of the implementing programmes of the memorandum of understanding signed between Fiji and Thailand in December 2015.

The MoU submitted proposals for the further development and improvement, and recommending possible ways and means of overcoming challenges in the agriculture sector.

Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Inia Seruiratu told delegates that most of what was discussed in the meeting was already in progress and was currently being actioned by the two countries.

“The results of the ongoing consultations between the two countries is progressing well,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“This further strengthens ties between the two countries as far as our mutual interests regarding the development of agriculture is concerned and we’re committed to seeing it into fruition.”

Mr Seruiratu said Fiji had a lot to gain from its partnership with Thailand in terms of technology, information-sharing and best practices.

Mr Seruiratu added that a major challenge was the need to feed many hungry people in the world in next few years.

“It’s not only about Fiji and Thailand but about feeding so many hungry people in the world in the next few years which is why we are seriously committed to this and I hope that we will speed up the implementation,” he said.

The Minister acknowledged the assistance provided by the Government of Thailand and the information exchanged during the meeting.

“We look forward to working closely with the Government of Thailand to strengthen the co-operation between our two countries,” he said.

“We intend to learn more from a developed country like Thailand and how the country has progressed through the years.”

The Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and Co-operatives in Thailand, Lertviroj Kowattana, suggested delegations of both countries to be wise on their proposals to the relevant agencies for their consideration.

“I hope what we have discussed will be rapidly followed and brought into concrete action at a timely manner which would benefit both countries,” Mr Kowattana said.

“We should guarantee that our bilateral relationship will reach a high level of achievements.”

The third Fiji-Thailand joint agriculture working group meeting will be held in Thailand in 2020.

Source: DEPTFO News

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