Acmecs contract farming agreement
The members of the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong-Economic
Strategy (Acmecs) Group have agreed to cooperate on contract farming, preventive
measures against bird-flu, and infrastructure.
Contract farming initiatives, based on the earlier experiences of
Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group, will focus on promoting those regional
village crops where yields are low or cannot be grown.
This is a key issue for the region's economic prosperity. With initial
funding of Bhat 100 million (€2.2 million), this issue will focus on preventive
measures against bird flu to eliminate the reliance on vaccines.
Infrastructure, to be treated in a wider context, will tap India's and
China's potential, as well as the fast-growing economies of Singapore and
Malaysia, to initiate a road development cooperation framework, including the
Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), Bangladesh-India-Myanmar-Sri Lanka-Thailand
Economic Co-operation (Bimstec), and the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth
Triangle (IMT-GT), as well as ASEAN.
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