[News] Published on Southeast Asia Weekly (SEAW), Vol.4, Issue 43
Phnom Penh, Cambodia (21 October 2010)
By Sok Lak
The Royal Government of Cambodia took a role of host country to launch 58thmeeting of SEARCA (Southeast Asia Regional Center of graduated study and research in Agriculture) Governing Board in Phnom Penh on October, 18 to 20th to promote agriculture in Southeast Asia.
The meeting persisted over by H.E Chan Sarun, Minister of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and delegation from various countries in Southeast Asia. Some experts also join this meeting and they are Dr. C.Saguiguit, director of SEARCA, Dr. Luis Rey Velasco, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Los Banos and chairman of the SEARCA, and Dr. Tinsiri Siribodhi, Deputy of the SEAMEO Secretariat based in Bangkok, Thailand.
This is only the second time that the kingdom of Cambodia is hosting such an important event since Cambodia became a member of Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in 1968 and the first SEARCA Meeting held here was in 2000.
Agriculture in Cambodia book under the title of “The Southeast Asian Agriculture and Development Primer Cambodia” was showed at the 58th meeting of SEARCA, which is the last vision publication of SEARCA to promote as prime series for all SEAMEO members. The purpose of publish this book is providing clear and compete information about agriculture in Southeast Asia as reference. This book discusses the general features of each country’s agriculture in partly of institution, structure and policy that affect developing agriculture sector’s performance in the past three decades. The Cambodia primer is authored by Dr. Touch Visalsok, Rector of the University of Battambang, and Dr. Ker Monthivuth, Acting Director, Department of Administration, Planning, Accounting, and International Cooperation, General Directorate of Agriculture.
H.E Chan Saron, Minister of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries took a note key that this meeting is very important in training agriculture and research in Southeast Asia example Cambodia.
“I strongly support this meeting and hope that this meeting will bring a best result for Cambodia also for all countries in Southeast Asia. In this time,” “I also hope that the institution will continue to cooperate with Cambodia and improve own activities in the way of developing human resource in Cambodia agriculture sector”, he remarked.
The goal of SEARCA is to cut down the number of poverty people and improve food security. By this way, SEARCA promote developing agriculture and rural area in Southeast Asia through providing scholarship for graduated study, research, data system and knowledge management.
“Cambodia has become the member SEARCA since 1973 and 46 Cambodian got scholarship from this institution”, H.E Chan Saron noted.
It is noted that SEARCA is the institution work with all 11 Southeast Asian countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. Each of these countries has a representative to the SEARCA governing board, which serves as the Center’s policymaking body. SEARCA Governing Board’s annually meeting is an essential forum of SEARCA to evaluate and make necessary changes to the programs and budgets of institution.