During 14-17 February 2023, AFSIS Secretariat attended the meeting and site visit on the livestock and fishery production survey with the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) Region 5 in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand.
The objective of the activities are for a Japanese Expert and officials of the AFSIS Secretariat to study, discuss, and gain experience in livestock and fishery production data survey and farm management, which will be used for analysis and decision of the addition of commodity to the AFSIS database , ASEAN Agricultural Commodities Outlook (ACO) report and ASEAN Early Warning Information (EWI) report, which is one of the core activities under the technical support project from MAFF, Japan, entitled the Project of Strengthening ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) Function for Emergency or SAFER project for 2022-2025.
During the meeting and site visit, AFSIS Secretariat was informed of the responsibility of the Agricultural Information Division, Data Collection, Process of Preparing Agricultural Information Data, Livestock and Fishery Production Data, and Suggestion. In addition, AFSIS Secretariat with the support of the OAE Region 5 also conducted a site visit on the information preparation of agricultural products such as Tilapia, Red tilapia, Laying hen, Broiler, Dairy cow, and Cattle in Nakhon Ratchasima province.
The work successfully ended with great collaboration from the officials of OAE Region 5 and farmers. The knowledge imparted from this meeting and site visit will be used as supportive information for the additional commodity in AFSIS database along with the discussion with AFSIS member countries in the Kick-off Meeting under the SAFER project in this April 2023.
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The Invitational Workshop on the Project for Establishing Real-Time ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) and Development Human Resources, hosted by the Korea Agency of Education, Promotion, and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (EPIS) with the collaboration of the AFSIS Secretariat, was held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, on November 20–25, 2023.
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