by Development Communication Section
The 19th Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group Meeting (ATCWG) was held from September 28 to 29, 2015 in Iloilo City. Under this group is the APEC Multi-Year Project (MYP) that brought about 80 delegates from both public and private sectors to exchange information on basic research, current trends, business models, and postharvest technologies in the fishery and livestock industries during the one-day seminar in Iloilo City, Philippines on September 28, 2015. The meeting reviewed the current status and future perspectives of reducing postharvest losses in the supply chain of fishery and livestock products.
The output of the seminar will be discussed and delivered at the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and the Blue Economy (HLDP-FSBE) and other fora.
After one of the on-going seminars, some 100 delegates of the Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group visited the Tigbauan Main Station of SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department on September 29, 2015. The delegates were briefed by the Chief Dr. Felix Ayson on the mandates and the research and capacity-building activities of SEAFDEC/AQD. The delegates were then ushered to the informative exhibits of the different booths featuring aquaculture commodities, and the research and information dissemination activities of SEAFDEC/AQD. To make the delegates’ visit even more relevant and memorable, they were served crispy soft-shell crabs, abalone, steamed oysters, seaweed fried spring rolls, pickled seaweed and other Ilonggo native delicacies. They also received an impromptu native dance lesson on the “tinikling.”
Iloilo City is currently hosting the HLDP-FSBE also known as the Food Security Week from September 27 to October 6. The meetings are expected to have 900 delegates.