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India-ASEAN Meet of Agri Ministers on food & animal husbandry concludes

By TIOL News Service

NEW DELHI, JAN 12, 2018: ON conclusion of India-ASEAN meet of Ministers of Agriculture, India has expressed satisfaction with the progress made in the implementation of the ASEAN – India Plan of Action (POA) 2011-2015 to implement the ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace, Progress and Shared Prosperity. Officials have been mandated for the full implementation of the POA, which would help further deepen and enhance the ASEAN-India cooperation in food, agriculture including animal husbandry and fisheries, and forestry as well as contribute towards the achievement of the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, and the related goals of the UN Zero Hunger Challenge.

An official communique states that the meet has endorsed the Medium Term Plan of Action for ASEAN-India Cooperation in Agriculture and Forestry for 2016–2020 by the SOM AMAF and India. In this connection, the leaders agreed to underscore the importance of addressing Climate Change as it negatively impacts food security, and lookforward to cooperation on exchanging expertise as to promote enhanced resilience of natural systems, and improve the adaptive capacities of people to cope with environmental hazards. 

The Meeting was attended by:

i. H.E. DatoPadukaSidek Ali, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam in New Delhi, Brunei Darussalam

ii. H.E. San Vanty, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia

iii. Mr. HariPriyono, Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Indonesia

iv. H.E. LianeThykeo, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR

v. H.E. Dato' Mr Tajuddin bin Abdul Rahman, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Malaysia

vi. H.E. Dr. Aung Thu, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Republicofthe Union of Myanmar

vii. H.E. Maria Teresita C. Daza, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, New Delhi  Philippine Embassy, Philippines

viii. Mr. Lim Kok Thai, Chief Executive Officer of the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, Singapore

ix. H.E. Mr. GrisadaBoonrach, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand

x. H.E. Tran Thanh Nam, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam

xi. H.E. Mr Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, India

xii. H.E. Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community, the ASEAN Secretariat.