The final day of SATNET intraregional visit for smallholder value chain actors in Thailand was devoted to visiting the Si-Moom-Muang fruit and vegetable wholesale market in Bangkok. This market has been in operation for 30 years and is currently among the largest wholesale markets in Thailand, handling about 20,000 buyers/sellers and 4 million tons of produce every day. The market is run by a private company whose senior management welcomed SATNET participants and explained about the functioning of the market in detail. An interactive session that followed enabled the participants to obtain more information about various aspects of marketing of agricultural produce.
The final day of SATNET field visits focuses on markets and farmer field schools
Visiting progressive farmers and children’s learning centre on sustainable agriculture in Thailand
The third day of SATNET intraregional visit for smallholder value chain actors in Thailand included visits to farms of two progressive farmers in Nakhonpathom province. The first farmer is cultivating vegetables using sustainable practices and aims to achieve organic certification soon. The participants learned about vegetable cultivation, production of liquid bio-fertilizer, vermicomposting, preparation and application of Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt) and Neem-based products as biopesticides, as well as innovative irrigation methods. The visitors benefited from detailed explanation specific to various processes. They also visited a local farmer community learning centre, which is actively promoting sustainable agriculture.
Participants in SATNET’s field visits in Thailand learn about vegetables, bio-control of pests and post-harvest techniques
On the morning of the second day of SATNET intraregional visit for smallholder value chain actors in Thailand, participants visited the demonstration plots of AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center at the Kamphaeng Saen Campus of Kasetsart University. They were welcomed by the Acting Regional Director and had an opportunity to learn about various varieties of vegetables as well as their production techniques.
Breaking language and cultural barriers on the first day of SATNET’s field visit in Thailand
The first SATNET intraregional visit for smallholder value chain actors commenced in Thailand on Monday, 21 July 2014. Over the next four days, 20 participants from Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Indonesia and Myanmar comprising of lead farmers, grassroots civil society representatives, and government officials – many of whom are travelling outside their home countries for the first time – will get an opportunity to visit research centres and farmers' fields to observe best practices in crop production technologies, integrated pest management (IPM) and post-harvest and marketing. The objective is to enable them to support the dissemination and adoption of these practices in their own communities.
Socio-economic field study on the sustainability of Jeevatu in Nepal
Sarah Crestin-Billet (junior consultant for the Food Security Center, University of Hohenheim) has recently completed a short-term field mission in Nepal to investigate “Jeevatu”. Jeevatu is an organic microbial inoculant developed and promoted by the Nepalese Farming Institute (NFI). It aims to prevent and control pests and diseases (bacterial, viral, fungal, etc.) of vegetables, cereals, flowers and fruit trees and to improve the growth of the plant, the yield and the quality of the fruits (vitamin content, peel thickness).
Progressive farmers’ perspective on research-extension linkages
In addition to cases presented by country government representatives, NGOs and the private sector, a presentation titled ‘Sustainable Profitability in Diversified Farming with Self-research Findings’ was made by Mr. Mohinder Grewal, a progressive farmer from the state of Punjab in India, which captured perspectives of the farming community on the subject of research-extension linkages.
Research-extension systems led by the private sector
As a complement to the perspectives presented by the NGOs on the second day of the Expert Consultation on Strengthening Linkages between Research and Extension to Promote Food and Nutrition Security, two private sector representatives also offered their insights on the issue.
Panel discussion: Evolving role of extension systems, including ICT, as ‘knowledge brokers’ between researchers and farmers
The second panel discussion of the Expert Consultation focused on the evolving role of extension systems, including ICT, as knowledge brokers between researchers and farmers. ICT has become an important tool in promoting and facilitating agriculture development, and helping ensure food security.
Strengthening agricultural research-extension linkages in Thailand
Ms. Orasa Dissataporn, Director, Bureau of Agricultural Commodities Promotion and Management Organization, Department of Agricultural Extension (DOAE), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand, outlined challenges to strengthening research-extension linkages in Thailand.
Local service provision – a trigger to improve farm production
Ms. Annet Witteveen, Head, Food Security and Livelihood Unit, Concern Universal, Bangladesh, described the project implemented by her organization to improve sustainable smallholder production in India’s north-east border state of Assam and in Jamalpur district in north Bangladesh.