In a recently published joint statement on agricultural co-operation, the countries said that they would share the status of, and exchange information about, animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and avian influenza (AI), and investigate the possibility of establishing a joint centre for disease control and prevention.
The countries also agreed to collaborate on food security issues, sharing information on agricultural policies and seeking joint research opportunities. They said they would make “concerted efforts” to avoid and mitigate natural disasters and restore agricultural production damaged by such events.
“Agricultural co-operation among the three countries is conducive to improving agricultural technology, enhancing food production capabilities, and facilitating trade in agricultural products,” said the statement.
“It also helps our three countries to better maintain food security, promote steady social and economic growth and maintain multiple functions, such as conserving lands and preserving biodiversity. We were also aware that sound co-operation in agriculture among our three countries is important for the enhancement of food security in the region and the world at large.”
The statement of co-operation follows the first Trilateral Agricultural Ministers’ Meeting, which was held in Juju, South Korea, last month. The countries will now hold regular ministerial meetings on issues related to agriculture, taking it in turns to host the meetings.