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ASEAN minister meetings point to agriculture boon

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Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon said AMAF ministers vowed to improve food security. Agriculture Ministry

ASEAN minister meetings point to agriculture boon

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon highlighted the success of the 42nd Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF), as well as the 20th AMAF Plus Three (China, Korea and Japan) and the 6th AMAF Plus India.

Sakhon said that at the AMAF Plus Three meeting, agriculture ministers from China, South Korea and Japan had vowed to improve food security in the region and cooperate on matters involving the environment, agriculture, wildlife and human resources.

“The AMAF Plus Three meeting decided to promote cooperation on the implementation of system projects to help add value to the agricultural products of smallholder farmers. This year, Cambodia will receive 300 tonnes of rice from Japan,” Sakhon said.

As for the results of the 6th AMAF Plus India meeting, Sakhon said an agreement was reached for a medium-term action plan for ASEAN-India cooperation in agriculture and forestry in 2021-2025.

He said ASEAN member states and India agreed to integrate technology into the agricultural sector to improve production.

He added that during the 42nd AMAF meeting, methods were discussed to further combat the spread of Covid-19.

Agriculture ministry spokesman Srey Vuthy said: “The 42nd AMAF meeting discussed the mid-term review of the implementation of the vision and strategic plan of ASEAN on the food sector, agriculture and forestry cooperation 2016-2025 and the sector activities for 2016-2020. Priorities were food, agriculture and forestry projects that can be achieved in 2021.”

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