27 January Chiang Rai, Thailand: Twelve new projects, two from the Thai side and ten from the Bhutanese side were considered during the Third Joint Agricultural Working Group (JAWG) meeting.
Proposals on Maize Breeding and Seed Production and Cooperative Research on Mushroom Production for the Thai side and Meat processing and Product diversification plant establishment, Dairy product diversification and packaging technology enhancement, Feed laboratory establishment, Dairy equipment and refrigeration maintenance capacity building, Strengthening Biosecurity System, Strengthening Food Safety system and Organic certification, Laboratory Sample Reference and Capacity Building were considered for the Bhutanese side. These projects will be collaborative activities carried out between the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan and Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand.
The joint venture to support agricultural development in the two countries was established on 4th September 2010 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
Mr. Chalit Damrongsak, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Office of the Permanent Secretary received the Bhutanese delegation led by Dasho Sherub Gyaltshen, Secretary, MoAF. During their stay in Thailand from 27-30 January 2014, the Bhutanese delegation visited research centers, farms and development projects areas.
The delegation also visited Doi Tung Development project area. Doi Tung lies in the heart of the ‘Golden Triangle’ infamous worldwide for its illicit opium production and trafficking. Under the patronage of the Her Royal Highness late Princess Mother, Princess Srinagarindra, an integrated and holistic approach was to tackle poverty, the root cause of opium cultivation, human trafficking, and other environmentally and socially damaging activities that were plaguing the people of Doi Tung . These activities took the form of livelihood development, which encompassed the reforestation of watershed areas and the development of various social enterprises to benefit local people.
The fourth JAWG will be held at Bumthang in the year 2015.
Reported by: Tandin Dorji, ICS
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