Home / Agriculture/ JICA strengthens good agriculture practices with study tour to Thailand for Govt. officials

JICA strengthens good agriculture practices with study tour to Thailand for Govt. officials


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00


The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded a study visit program recently for Sri Lankan Government officials to gain more knowledge on Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) in Thailand.

The objective of the tour was to promote and strengthen Sri Lanka’s own GAP program (SL-GAP). Held from 20 to 26 May, the study visit was jointly organised by the Department of National Planning, the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs and JICA advisor working with the Department Shinga Kimura.

The training was coordinated by Thailand’s National Agricultural Extension Training Center at the Kasetsart University, a world-class training institute recognised as a key provider of agricultural knowledge. It was established through grant assistance from the Government of Japan to Thailand. 

GAPs are principles and codes of practice for farm management that can contribute to achieving sustainable agriculture and rural development by improving food safety and quality, environmental sustainability and social welfare, as defined by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). As a result of increasing international demands on high quality and food safety, GAP certifications are vital documentation often required by food importers.

10 staff from the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Sri Lanka Standards Institution participated in the training. The participants gained knowledge about the experiences of GAP policies and strategies, farm-level GAP management for fruits, vegetables and rice, and GAP marketing with a focus on the spice sector in Thailand. 

The program included lectures by Thailand’s top researchers and field visits to the farmers’ organisations and companies that are leading the country’s agro-industry.

Commenting on the learning achieved, Department of National Planning Additional Director General J.M.S.D. Rathnayake said that having learned from the hard work that had been put together by the government, private sector and academia of Thailand, they will be able to plan ahead to take advantage of GAP to increase food security and agriculture exports in Sri Lanka. Post training, all the participants of the program are deeply committed to further accelerate their efforts towards the development of SL-GAP.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is the executing agency of Japan’s Bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA). JICA, the world biggest bilateral aid agency, works in over 150 countries and regions. In accordance with its vision of ‘Inclusive and Dynamic Development’, JICA supports the resolution of development issues in developing countries. In Sri Lanka, Japan has been providing financial and technical assistance since 1954 and is one of the largest donors to the country. On behalf of the people and the Government of Japan, JICA contributes to improve the lives of people in Sri Lanka. 


Share This Article


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

A brief guide to the legal system of China

Thursday, 21 June 2018

The law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is officially referred to as the “socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics”. The formation and development of the socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics are compatible with


The evolution of CSR towards Creating Integrated Value

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Creating Integrated Value (CIV), a term that I coined in 2014, is a concept and practice that has emerged from a long tradition of exploring the role of business in society. It has roots in what many today call corporate (social) responsibility or CS


Let’s educate ourselves for change!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Ordinary Level Examinations are over. Results are in. What should I be doing at Advanced Level? Science, Commerce or Arts? And what subject combinations? This always is a burning question for some and also for parents. This question is usually answe


Waluka teledrama and Yahapalana political drama

Thursday, 21 June 2018

There are several Sinhala teledramas telecast these days with passing political or social messages both constructive and humorous. The ongoing ‘Ape Ardare’ (Our Love) and ‘Sanda Eliya’ (Moonlight) may stand out, exposing the dubious nature of


Columnists More