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Revival planned for Chaiya rice Print
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 15:31

by: Walailak Keeratipipatpong

published: 25/03/2009

The Agriculture Ministry is working to revive the nearly defunt rice variety Khao Hom Chaiya, or Chaiya fragrant rice, and to promote the grain as a premium product.


Thai-Korean FTA offers ray of hope to businesses Print
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 15:23

by: Pichai Chuensuksawadi

published: 28/02/2009

Despite the global economic crisis, the signing of the Thailand- South Korean Free Trade Agreement yesterday should help alleviate hardships faced by Thai and Korean businesses,said South Korean Trade Minister Jong-Hoon Kim.


India-ASEAN trade agreement delayed Print
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 15:10

 India wants to push back tariff reductions

by:Phusadee Arunmas

published: 24/02/2009

[B] The signing of India-Asean free trade agreement (FTA) is highly unlikely at the Hua Hin summit,as India said it is not ready to sign the fact and needs more time to sort out several issues, including the number of tariff cuts to be made.


Tha 29th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific 2009 Print
Monday, 20 April 2009 17:59

The 29th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific

Bangkok, Thailand

March 26-31, 2009.


SEACON attended the meeting under the umbrella of AsiaDHRRA Rural Development Working Group (RDWG). The Conference was attended by sixteen civil society organizations, 5 inter-government organizations, and governments of 32 countries. Main issues discussed during the Conference were:

  • Policies, strategies and technical options for coping with water scarcity.
  • Agribusiness and competitive agro-industries in the context of globalization and free trade.
  • Aid for Trade initiative and the role of FAO.


click here to download CSO Statement at FAO-APRC March 2009

click here for the Statement of the Independent of Chairman of the Council

PM calls for agriculture reform (article)

14th ASEAN SUMMIT 2009 Print
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 11:57



SEACON attended the Video Conference of the Post-ASEAN Summit 2009: a Briefing by Dr Surin Pitsuwan,Secretary- General of ASEAN on 2 March 2009 from the Center of Academic Resources of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

Members of the audience of the Video Conference (VC) at each country center included the public, the media, civil society, private sector, lawmakers. academics and international organizations in ASEAN Member State: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

The VC session was supported by the the World Bank and the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) in the Asia Pacific, and was also made available via the ASEAN Secretariat website and GLDN Asia Pacific website hosted by the Tokyo Development Learning Centre(TDLC).

SEACON attended the VC together with other Malaysian participants at the Video Conference Center, Malaysian Development Institute,Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department, Putrajaya, Malaysia.


Newspaper Clippings on the 14th  ASEAN Summit

ASEAN Summit cartoon

Businesses want ASEAN framework

ASEAN news

Ministers Explore Ways to give Proposed Human-Rights Body some Credibility


ASEAN Urged to Move on Rights

ASEAN, Some Frequently Asked Questions

Former Chiefs Urge More Participation

Abdullah: We must be firm in turning back Rohingya

Abhisit wages war on protectionism

Leaders To Call For More Cooperation To Combat Protectionism: Abhisit

Click here to see Summary Report of Post-ASEAN from Malaysia

Wednesday, 15 April 2009 16:29

SEACON Yellow Post Aug 10-16, 2007

Every person has a right to adequate food that is safe and nutritious as well as accessible and affordable and food that is culturally acceptable and produced in sustainable manner.

click here to download

Wednesday, 15 April 2009 15:48

SEACON Yellow Post Aug 3-7, 2007

" The announcement made by Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin recently may have unintentionally infringed farmers' rights to save, cultivate and market their varieties."

click here to download

(Philippine) Hog raisers:AFTA plan to force Production cuts Print
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 11:04


MEMBERS of the National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc. (NFHFI) on Sunday warned that backyard raisers could go out of business if the tariff cut for pork products under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ Free Trade Area-Common Effective Preferential Tariff (AFTA-CEPT) scheme is not delayed, as local businessmen want.



NGOs, academics oppose hybrid rice Print
Monday, 17 November 2008 16:46

By Tina Arceo-Dumlao
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—A government plan to increase rice production massively with the use of hybrid seeds is being opposed by some nongovernment organizations and academics.

Investing P2.7 billion for the production of hybrid rice on 900,000 hectares by 2010 is not the best solution to insufficient domestic rice production, they said.

Cambodia to unveil hybrid rice to interest investors Print
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 12:22

 PHNOM PENH, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- A newly developed Cambodian high-yielding hybrid rice variety will be presented in Kampong Thom province on Monday to interest investors in large-scale cultivation, national media said on Friday.

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