SAARC Regional Consultation on “Farm-made feeds for sustainable aquaculture development in South Asia: opportunities, challenges and policy intervention”

10-12 October 2017, Kathmandu, Nepal

SAARC Agriculture centre (SAC) has organized a SAARC Regional consultation on ‘Farm-made feeds for sustainable aquaculture development in South Asia: opportunities, challenges and policy intervention’ in Kathmandu, Nepal during 10-12 October 2017. The program was jointly organized by the SAC, Dhaka and Ministry of Agricultural Development, DOA/DoFD, Nepal. Dr.  Shiba Shankar Giri, Senior Program Specialist (Fisheries), SAC, Dhaka was the program coordinator and led the SAARC delegation to Kathmandu. The National Focal-point Experts of the SAARC member states, Mr. Md. Goljar Hossain of Bangladesh, Mr. Druk Pola of Bhutan, Ms. I. Rani Kumudini of India, Mr. Hussain Ahmed of Maldives, Mr. Bhagwat Prasad of Nepal, Mr. Jahan Sher Khan of Pakistan, Mr. Don Ananda Athukorala of Sri Lanka and Dr S. S. Giri of SAC were in the delegation. Mr. Baikuntha Adhikari, Program Director, Directorate of Fisheries Development, and Mr. Prabesh Singh Kunwar, Senior Fisheries Development Officer, DoFD, Nepal, respectively were  the local coordinator and co-coordinator of the consultation meeting. The regional consultation was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Ram Krishna Yadav, Minister for Agriculture Development, Nepal as the chief guest and Dr. Suroj Pokhrel, Secretary, Ministry of Agricultural Development and Dr. Baidya Nath Mahato, Executive Director, Nepal Agricultural Research Council as the special guests.

The objectives of these three day regional consultation were: to prepare an inventory of feed ingredients, their nutritive values and farm-made  feed production and feeding practices followed in aquaculture in south Asian region; and to realize the importance of farm-made feeds for small-scale aquaculture and policy interventions for technological  and financial support to small-scale farmers. The consultation meeting was attended by more than 30 participants from different institutions and organizations from Nepal and the SAARC member countries. In successive technical sessions, eight country status paper and many oral presentations were made on farm-made fish feeds, food-feed scenario in South Asia, aquaculture systems and sustainability issues, capacity development in fish feeds and aquaculture and policy issues related to the theme. This was followed by separate working group discussion and policy recommendation for the SAARC Region drafted.

After the seminar, the participants had occasion to visit the trout farms in Nepal on 12th October and to further continue their discussions.

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SAARC Regional Consultation on “Best Management Practices in Aquaculture: capacity building and policy development”

19-21 September 2017, Negombo, Sri Lanka

SAARC Agriculture centre (SAC) has organized a SSARC Regional consultation on ‘Best Management Practices in Aquaculture: capacity building and policy development’ at Negombo, Sri Lanka during 19-21 September. The program was jointly organized by the SAC, Dhaka and National Aquatic Resources Research & Development Agency (NARA), Sri Lanka. Dr.  Shiba Shankar Giri, Senior Program Specialist (Fisheries), SAC, Dhaka was the program coordinator and led the SAARC delegation to Sri Lanka. The National Focal-point Experts of the  SAARC member countries, Dr. Kazi Iqbal Azam of Bangladesh, Mr. Namgay Dorji of Bhutan, Mr. Rama Sankar Naik of India, Ms. Shafiya Naeem of Maldives, Mr. Gayatri Raj Wagle of Nepal, Dr. Rehana Kausar of Pakistan, Dr.Wasantha Pahalawatte Arachchi of Sri Lanka and Dr S. S. Giri of SAC were in the delegation. Dr Anil Premaratne, Chairman, NARA was the local coordinator of the consultation meeting. The regional consultation was inaugurated by Hon. Dilip Wedaarachi, State Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Sri Lanka.

The objectives of these three day regional consultation were: to identify the issues, challenges and prospects of aquaculture in SAARC region; to discuss the policies, standards and practices pursued by the SAARC member states in aquaculture; to discuss the BMP adopted by other Asian countries, apart from SAARC countries, in aquaculture; to learn the existing mechanisms and future approaches needed to meet the SDGs goal in aquaculture by the SAAR countries. The consultation meeting was attended by more than 40 participants from different institutions and organizations from Sri Lanka, and SAARC member countries. In successive technical sessions, seven country status paper and many oral presentations were made on aquaculture systems and sustainability issues, best management practices, capacity development in aquaculture, international trade and export of aquaculture produces and policy issues related to the theme. This was followed by separate working group discussion and policy recommendation for the SAARC Region drafted.

After the seminar, the participants had occasion to visit the farming, research facilities, fish landing site and fish vending system of Sri Lanka on 21th September and to further continue their discussions.

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Inaugural Ceremony of the 11th Governing Board Meeting of SAC

The inaugural ceremony of the 11th Governing Board (GB) meeting was held at Officer’s Club, Ramna, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 25 September 2017. Mr. Md. Mosharaf Hossain, Additional Secretary (Extension), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh graced as chief guest at the inaugural occasion while Dr. Bhagya Rani Banik, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) was present as special guest. Mr. Md. Shamsul Haque, Director General (SAARC & BIMSTEC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh was present as the guest of honor. Dr. Md. Kabir Ikramul Haque, Chairman, Governing Board of SAARC Agriculture centre and Member Director (Fisheries), BARC presided over the inaugural function. Mr. MJH Jabed, Director (Agriculture & Rural Development Division), SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu, Nepal was present as the representative of the SAARC Secretary General.  Moreover, Dr. S. M. Bokhtiar, Director, SAARC Agriculture Centre delivered the welcome address.

 

 

 

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SAC is the real SAARC

—SAARC Secretary-General

 

H. E. Mr. Arjun B. Thapa, Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) paid courtesy visit to SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) on Friday, 8 April 2016 during his visit to Bangladesh in connection with the Third Meeting of SAARC Ministers' of Agriculture held during 3-7 April 2016.

IMG_4923In an exchanged views meeting with SAC personnel’s, H. E. the Secretary-General expressed his deep appreciation to the SAC for its activities, progress and success and playing a vital role in contributing towards the objectives of SAARC since its establishment in 1988. He mentioned that for first-class works, need good planning, best networking and better management. In the meeting he also discussed on the limited resources and staffs with low salary structure for SAC and calls for it’s up gradation.

H. E. Mr. Arjun B. Thapa, expressed SAARC’s unflinching commitment to provide all possible support to turn the SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) into a ‘centre of excellence’ so that it can contribute to making important scientific breakthrough in agriculture and rural development. He also mentions that SAC is one of the best centre of SAARC and you are the real SAARC.

Before that Director of SAC Dr. S.M. Bokhtiar offer warm welcome reception to the H.E. Secretary-General of SAARC. He also presented SAC’s present and future activities and urge for all support.

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Nepalese Minister visited SAC

H.E. Mr. Haribol Prasad Gajurel, Minister for Agriculture Development, Nepal visited SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) on Friday, 8 April 2016.

IMG_8594Director of SAC Dr. S.M. Bokhtiar welcomed H.E. at SAC. Later, a view exchange meeting was organized at the conference room of SAC where SPS, SPO & staffs were present. Dr. Bokhtiar presented SAC’s present and future activities at a glance. Nepal's Agriculture minister expressed his satisfaction on SAC activities, progress and success. Minister said, exchange of germplasms; regional adaptive trials for vegetables, pulse and oil seed are very good initiatives. and asks for more action to development of the region

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MS Swaminathan Lecture – in Commemoration of 31st SAARC Charter Day

Achieving Zero hunger targets in SAARC region- Abstract

— Prof M S Swaminathan

Swaminathan

The SAARC region is registering satisfactory economic growth. Nevertheless, hunger and malnutrition particularly among women and children are widespread. This is often referred to as “SAARC enigma”. Agriculture is one of the most important professions in the SAARC countries and rice is the most important food crop. The prevailing hunger in the region is caused by three factors, viz, inadequate consumption of food, protein deficiency and hidden hunger caused by the deficiency of micronutrients like iron, iodine, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin B12 etc. Also, to achieve the zero hunger challenge we will have to give concurrent attention to all the three forms of hunger, particularly under-nutrition leading to calorie deprivation. The zero hunger challenge of the UN Secretary General has five major components, viz, 100% access to adequate food all year round, zero stunted children less than 2 years of age, all food systems are sustainable, 100% increase in smallholder productivity and income and zero loss or waste of food. An economical and effective method of achieving zero hunger is applying agricultural remedies to the prevailing nutritional maladies. For this purpose, SAARC countries can reorient the existing farming systems by including the dimension of nutrition. Such Farming System for Nutrition (FSN) should be supported by Genetic Garden of Biofortified Plants and Community Hunger Fighters, well versed in the causes as well as cures for the high malnutrition burden.

Nutrition is fundamental to provide every human being an opportunity for a productive and healthy life. The SAARC region should show the way by integrating agriculture with nutrition and health.

M S Swaminathan

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