Indonesia and Namibia discuss agricultural development

31 Aug 2016 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 31 AUG (NAMPA) – The first meeting between the governments of Indonesia and Namibia after an agreement on agricultural development was signed by the two parties five years ago, took place here on Tuesday.
The two governments signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Bali in 2011 and agreed to implement a work plan on various technical areas of cooperation.
The agreement amongst others focuses on plant health and production; rice research and development in the northern and north eastern plains of Namibia; product development and value addition and capacity building on plant health.
It also covers the protection and production of animal and plant genetic material; cooperation on agro-industrial technology development; bilateral trade in agricultural products; seed quality; as well as training of veterinarians and technicians.
The main purpose of the first joint committee meeting on Tuesday was to approve the draft work plan.
Member of the joint committee, deputy director in Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture Ade Candradijaya said a draft work plan has been drawn up.
“The implementation of a concrete plan of action is however still pending,” he said.
Candradijaya is optimistic that once the plan is implemented and operational, the citizens of both countries will benefit from the agreement. Representatives from Namibia’s agriculture ministry are attending training on agricultural machinery in Indonesia.
Speaking at the same occasion, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Namibia, Eddy Basuki highlighted the importance of the meeting, noting that both countries face the same challenges and should learn from each other.
“I expect that both sides could exchange lessons learned and experiences in areas such as agriculture and livestock production, research and technology development, as well as capacity building,” he added.