Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

STATEMENT

by

Hiroyuki Konuma
Assistant Director-General and
FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific

delivered at the

Signing Ceremony for the projects
Enhancement of Beef Productivity through Animal Identification and Traceability (TCP/THA/3401) and National Agro-economic Zoning for  Major Crops in Thailand (TCP/THA/3403)

Bangkok, Thailand 
15 May 2013

 

H. E. Yukol Limlamthong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives,
Advisors to the Minister, Mr. Apichart Pongsrihadulchai,
Mr Chavalit Chookajorn, Permanent Secretary,
Mr Chalit Damrongsak, Deputy Permanent Secretary and Secretary-General of the National FAO Committee,
Mr Apichart Jongskul, Secretary-General, Office of Agricultural Economics,
Mr Tritsadee Chaosuancharoen, Director-General, Department of Livestock Development,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen, 

It is a great honour for me to be here with you today on the occasion of the signing ceremony between the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and FAO of the two technical cooperation projects, namely; (i) Enhancement of Beef Productivity through Animal Identification and Traceability (ii) National Agro-economic Zoning for Major Crops in Thailand.

The two projects are funded by a grant of US$247,000 and US$ 260,000 respectively under FAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP).

I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives for entrusting FAO’s technical assistance and expertise in these two important projects in Thailand.  I would also like to express my sincere thanks for every effort made to the finalization of these two projects.

The first project aims to improve livestock production practices and to increase livestock farmers’ income as a way of widening opportunities for the poor.

With the proposed project, it will enhance Thailand’s quality livestock product by setting up animal identification and traceability system that will improve all aspects of livestock and beef marketing, including production, slaughter and processing as well as wholesale and retail sales. The country’s veterinary services will also be strengthened to assure consumers that livestock products from Thailand meets the international standard of livestock products.

The second project is about Agro-economic zoning, which support and enhance the effort the ongoing national policy on agricultural zoning in Thailand.

This project aims to establish national agro-economizations for zoning of agricultural land delineation and designation of particular crops in each area or zone to provide optimum profit to the farmers and best use of limited available land resumes in the country. The benefit of zoning will strengthen Thailand’s capacity to manage the issue of sustainable natural resource management as the natural resource base will not be further degraded and will improve when unsuitable crops are shifted to more suitable areas.

The project is expected to serve as a model for other Asia countries to harmonize the use of natural resources between food production and bio-energy production.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I hope that the capacity building process supported by FAO’s technical assistance in these two projects will be successfully achieved by high motivation and devoted efforts of government officers and related stakeholders. It will highly contribute to the long-term benefits to livestock development, agriculture development and land use planning in this country. I would like to assure you of FAO’s full cooperation and assistance for the successful implementation of these two projects.

In closing, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives for organizing this signing ceremony, and sincerely wish that our cooperation will be fruitful and efficient.

Thank you.