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Proposed activities under Short-Term Plan (for implementation in 2011-12)

  • Publication of “ASEAN India Newsletters on Agriculture” (First issue released on 17.10.2012 by Hon’ble Agriculture Minister, GoI)
  • Institution of ASEAN India Fellowships for higher education in the field of Agriculture and allied sciences (Agenda discussed during the Heads of Agri. Universities Conference  held on 19-20 February, 2013)
  • Conference of Heads of Agricultural Universities (held during 19-20 February, 2013)
  • Exchange visits of farmers (started in December, 2012)
  • Training programmes (started in August 2012)
  • Workshop on adaptation/mitigation technologies for climate change (held on 23-25 August, 2012)
  • Meeting of Agriculture Ministers of ASEAN and India (held on 17-19 October, 2012)
  • ASEAN-India Agri-Expo (held during 17-19 October, 2012)

The first issue of the ASEAN-India Newsletter on Agriculture was released on 17th October, 2012 in the Second ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry.  Exchange visit of 100 farmers from ASEAN countries to India and Indian farmers to ASEAN have been planned.  First group of 18 farmers and 9 officials from 9 ASEAN countries toured various ICAR Institutes, farms and industries during 20-30 December, 2012.  Other groups from ASEAN countries to India, and India to ASEAN countries will be visiting during 2013. 

The ASEAN-India Newsletter on Agriculture is intended to provide a platform for sharing information pertaining to agriculture among the ASEAN Member States and India. It will be published both in softcopy and hardcopy (with limited number) half-yearly (Two editions per year). The Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) is the host agency of the Newsletter.

The following training programmes have been organized for scientists from ASEAN countries in India -

  • Training on Advances in Agricultural Equipment for Productivity Enhancement Including Precision Farming, 23 April – 5 May 2012, Bhopal, India.
  • Training on Processing and Value Addition of Soy Products and Coarse Cereals, 7 - 19 May 2012, Bhopal, India.
  • Training on Production and Processing Technology for Value Addition of Horticultural Products, 30 April – 12 May 2012, Ludhiana, India.

The Workshop on “Adaptation/ Mitigation Technologies for Climate Change” was organized from 23-25 August 2012 at NASC Complex, ICAR, in New Delhi. 16 Scientists from 8 ASEAN countries participated.

Following the ASEAN-India Officials Consultation Meeting on ASEAN India Green Fund, held on 19 October 2011 in Phnom Penh, India submitted two concept note activities, namely: Concept Note 1 – “Forestry Management and Climate Change”; and Concept Note 2 – “Forests in ASEAN REDD+ Region” to be funded by the ASEAN-India Green Fund.The 15th ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry (ASOF) Meeting, held on 28-29 June 2012 in Hanoi discussed the two concept notes and welcomed cooperation with India on issues related to forests and climate change. The ASEAN Secretariat was requested to convey views and comments of ASOF on the initiatives to India for further development of detailed proposals.

A group of 27 farmers and officials from ASEAN countries visited India during December, 2012.

India organized a Conference of Heads of Agricultural Universities and Research Institutions of ASEAN countries and Vice Chancellors of Indian Agricultural Universities and Central Universities during 19-20 February, 2013 at NASC Complex, New Delhi to identify strategy and to work out on the modality of cooperation among the agricultural universities and research institutes in ASEAN and India.