Union Minister attends ASEAN agriculture, forestry ministers meeting in Viet Nam

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Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu poses for a documentary photo with other ministers at the ASEAN meeting on agriculture and forestry in Viet Nam. Photo: MNA

The 40th meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry, the 18th meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry plus three, and the 6th ASEAN – China Ministerial meeting on SPS Cooperation were held at Melia Hanoi Hotel in Hanoi, Viet Nam, from 11 to 13 October, and were attended by Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Thu and officials.
The Union Minister signed an MoU for the collaboration of ASEAN countries and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations(FAO), an MoU on the collaboration for agriculture between ASEAN and the People’s Republic of China, and an MoU on the ASEAN plus ThreeEmergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Agreement with ASEAN ministers,on behalf of Myanmar.
Similarly, the Union Minister signed an MoU on cooperation in agriculture between the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation of Myanmar and the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism of Brunei Darussalam.
During the meetings, they exchanged views on the progress made in the food, agriculture and forestry sector, the cooperation processes on regional development in the ASEAN, review session on research and cooperation of information system and technical networking, and future processes were coordinated.
During the meeting period, the ASEAN member countries endorsed the main processes to implement in the food,agriculture and forestry sector in 2019,the Multi Sectoral Framework on Climate Change,the programme works related to the ASEAN Genetically Modified Food Testing Network (2018-2019),the ASEAN Guidelines for Organic Certification, ASEAN Standards for Mature Coconut, Soursop and Taro, ASEAN Diagnostic Protocol for gardening products and other fruits and ASEAN Standards on Animal Vaccines.
They adopted ASEAN Good Animal Husbandry Practices (ASEAN GAHP) for pigs,ASEAN Roadmap for Enhancing the Role of Agricultural Cooperatives in the Global Agricultural Value Chains2018-2025, and the ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture and Forestry.
They noted promoting and advocating gender equality in food, agriculture and forestry programmes, the implementation of forest management and forest law enforcement in ASEAN countries. They endorsed ASEAN Tuna Eco-labelling (ATEL) Policy Paper on the Establishment of ASEAN Regional Eco-labelling Scheme, duties and responsibilities of contact people, responsibilities of leading committee and the strategic of action for food and animal food in ASEAN region (2018-2023).

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