The Philippine and Vietnam agreed to exchange technologies on post-harvest and high-value crops processing, and to collaborate on integrated pest management. The two countries also agree to strengthen cooperation in the fisheries sector. Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning Orlan Calayag and Agriculture and Rural Development Vice Minister Vu Van Tam of Vietnam co-chaired the recent First Meeting of the Joint Agriculture Working Group where the agreement was signed.
The agreement also paves way for Filipino and Vietnamese plant protection experts to meet and identify specific fruits and vegetables for export and determine the phytosanitary requirements.
We aim to bolster a united effort in aquaculture, fisheries, processing and marketing, including but not limited to advanced technology transfer, training and capacity building, culinary or processing practices, post-harvest technologies and exchange of visits, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said.
A hotline to combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and to support humanitarian search and rescue operations at sea is also being aimed to be established.
“The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of the Philippines and the Directorate of Fisheries of Vietnam will work on specific details to report to their respective Department and Ministry, respectively, so that the hotline can be permanently established by the end of 2015,” Alcala said.