The 8th Meeting of ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Council was held by APTERR Secretariat on 17-19 February 2020 in Bagan, Myanmar. The meeting was attended by the representatives from 10 ASEAN Member States, the representatives from plus three countries and observers from other organizations.
The representatives from the AFSIS Secretariat, Mr. Vinit Atisook and Ms. Thidarat Thammasorn attended the meeting on the realization of the work plan and budget plan for the fiscal year 2019, the work plan and Annual operational budget proposal for the fiscal year 2020 of the APTERR Secretariat and also joined the social programs and site visits at World Heritage Site in Bagan.
The meeting has approved the work plan and operational budget proposal for the fiscal year 2020 of the APTERR. The Secretary-General of the Office of Agricultural Economics has suggested that APTERR should consider increasing the reserved rice quantity in the form of contract to corresponding to the current world situation.
The meeting noted the impressive progress of the AFSIS’s works and appreciated the plan for considering to frequently provide more natural disaster-related information in the AFSIS reports to support the FEMI.
The 1st meeting of Project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region (SAS-PSA) had been hold on 23 November 2020 to consult the action plan and progress of SAS-PSA project in Thailand.
Molave, the 9th typhoon in Vietnam in 2020, is one of the two strongest typhoons in Vietnam during the last 20 years. The typhoon Molave caused heavy rain, unprecedented prolonged inundation and severe landslides. This mainly affected provinces in Central Vietnam such as Phú Yên, Quảng Nam, Quảng Ngãi, Thừa Thiên - Huế, Đà Nẵng. The expected damages are substantial with 40 people dead, 43 people missing and 140 people injured and a number of residential areas were isolated by flood and landslides.
Korea Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS), South Korea, hosted Online Webinar as an Invitational Workshop in 2020 on Establishing National Agri-food Information System and its Utilization during 16-18 November 2020 with the participants from 6 countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, and Vietnam, and AFSIS Secretariat.
The AFSIS Secretariat led by Dr.Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, and Mr.NIIMI Tomohiro, AFSIS Japanese Expert, had opportunities to respectively visit Mr.Rapibhat Chandarasrivongs, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr.Chantanon Wannakejohn, Secretary General of Office of Agricultural Economics and Mr.Pollachet Tracho, Duputy Secretary General of Office of Agricultural Economics.