The NAM CSSTC in Cooperation with Ministries in Fiji and Indonesia Organised a Training on Hydroponic
For any country’s development, food security has a crucial significance. Innovative solutions to numerous difficulties in vegetable cultivation are necessary for countries. The Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM CSSTC), in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of Fiji and with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic Indonesia, organised an online training course on hydroponic technology of vegetable cultivation on 27th until 28th of May 2021 to encourage further development in the field of vegetable production efficiency.
“The NAM Centre fully supports the rise in vegetable productivity in Asia-Pacific countries, the multi-stakeholder approach to implementation of South-South cooperation programmes as well as reinforcement of agricultural activities in the international development dynamic. We therefore commend every effort and achievement in making developing countries’ agriculture productive and sustainable,” said NAM CSSTC Acting Director Diar Nurbintoro in his opening remarks.
The programme was a real measure for accomplishing Sustainable Development Goals-SDGs, namely SDG 2 on zero hunger in the Asia-Pacific regions.
The training was attended by 30 individuals from 7 countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Nepal, and the Solomon Islands. The majority of them came from educational institutions, but government sectors and the private sectors also participated in the training.
The biggest task of farmers in Asia Pacific regions is to maintain vegetable output stability during COVID-19 pandemic and seasonal problems. One of the possibilities in tackling these issues was hydroponic technology. Hence, NAM CSSTC offered 3 leading trainers and facilitators from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of Fiji to have further discussion regarding hydroponics. Participants reviewed the application of efficiency technologies, hydroponic systems for sites that suffer from water limitation, hydroponic fertilisers and vegetable production policies in Fiji. Participants were able to learn the material through lectures, discussions and video resources.
The training course gave a positive impression to 80% of participants. The initiative, particularly for the strengthening of agricultural activity in the international development dynamic, urges NAM CSSTC and the multi-stakeholder institution to conduct similar programmes.
This training was an appeal to NAM CSSTC to make technical cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Fiji and NAM CSSTC, based on Courtesy Call with Ambassador Amena Yauvoli on 4th of March, 2021. This training is also a type of continual engagement of NAM CSSTC to increase the capacity building in agriculture in Member Countries. (Pangersaning Gusti B.A.)