Philippines, Thailand plan agri collaborations

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines may undertake future collaborations with the Thailand government to improve its agriculture sector.

In a statement, the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) said it was able to identify the areas it may collaborate on with Thailand, following its meeting with the Department of Livestock DevelopmentThailand.

Among the areas of collaboration identified during the meeting were nutrition and forage development, reproductive biotechnology, product development, breeding and knowledge management.

PCC said potential areas of collaboration under the nutrition and forage development include sharing of improved forage materials and technology, setting-up satellite breeding for forage and pasture, expert exchange program and capacity building.

In reproductive biotechnology, development of diagnostic kit on early pregnancy detection, and acquisition of nanobiosensor for hormone and pregnancy analyses, were identified as possible areas of collaboration.

The two countries are also expected to benefit from a cross country training program on technologies on the development of milk.

For the breeding sector, PCC said the possible areas of collaboration are the export of buffalo semen to Thailand, and techno-sharing on Fixed-Time Artificial Insemination.

“A proposal on virtual knowledge-sharing between Thai and Filipino scientists and researchers was also presented during the activity,” PCC said.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/business/2017/06/30/1714760/philippines-thailand-plan-agri-collaborations