In his speech, Tran thanked Alongkorn for hosting him. He said his ministry would seek cooperation from Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture on five issues:
– Cooperation in food security to increase the value of crops
– Cooperation to strengthen the strength of farmers. Tran said Thailand has strong agricultural cooperatives and its Otop products are popular. Vietnam will therefore send officials to learn about the work of cooperatives in Thailand.
– Cooperation to help Vietnamese farmers switch to agricultural machinery
– Training in agricultural knowledge
– Cooperation on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures.
Alongkorn said Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture is ready to support its Vietnamese counterpart on the five issues.
Alongkorn said Thailand and Vietnam have a joint committee to operate as a mechanism to facilitate agriculture and SPS cooperation between the two countries.
Alongkorn said the joint panel would convene a meeting as soon as possible to discuss cooperation on seven issues:
• The Thai side will seek cooperation from Vietnam to cooperate on the production and sale of rice from the beginning to the export of rice with the aim of raising prices in world markets so that farmers have more income. . Alongkorn said global rice prices have hovered between US$300 and US$400 a ton over the past 20 years as the cost has risen.
He said if the two countries cooperate on rice production and export, they will have bargaining power and farmers in both countries will overcome their poverty.
• Thailand will ask Vietnam to support the establishment of the Asean Rubber Council to develop the rubber industry, support plantation owners and increase the bargaining power of Asean rubber producers.
• The Thai side will ask Vietnam to speed up permission to import mangoes and rambutans from Thailand after the two sides agreed on the principle in 2016.
Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives will also ask Vietnam to approve the export of chickens and eggs to Vietnam after the two sides agreed in principle to discuss further at the next SPS meeting.
• The Thai side will request Vietnam to allocate quota for Thai trucks to transport fruit via Vietnam to China to reduce the risk of Thai fruit rotting.
• The Thai side will offer logistics cooperation between Thailand, Laos and Vietnam at Vung Ang wharf and Haiphong wharf to open more export channels of Thai fruits and agricultural products to China and other countries. .
• Thailand also wants to send officials to study Vietnamese One Commune One Product operations.
• Thailand will request Vietnam to provide the name of its point of contact as soon as possible before the next SPS.
Speaking to reporters after the speech, Alongkorn said the meeting will be held in accordance with the discussion framework established by Agriculture Minister Chalermchai Srion, who was invited by his Vietnamese counterpart to pay an official visit to Vietnam. The two parties have not yet scheduled the visit.
Alongkorn said the two sides agreed in principle to discuss these issues in more detail when the Thai delegation attends the Agritechnica show in Vietnam in August.
He added that the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture had promised to send an official invitation to his Thai counterpart soon.