December 10, 2011



  1. JICA Course on “Strengthening Management and Business Activities of Agricultural Cooperatives”
  2. ICA Training Course on Quality and Safety Management of Farm Products
  3. JICA “Planning of Agricultural Policy” Course



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(1) JICA Course on “Strengthening Management and Business Activities of Agricultural Cooperatives”

Commissioned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), IDACA conducted a training course for about two months from May 8 to July 16, 2011. The theme of the training course was “strengthening management and business activities of agricultural cooperatives.”

Participating in the training course were 11 people from eight countries including Afghanistan and other countries of Asia, Africa, and South America. They were government administrators in charge of rural development and/or agricultural cooperatives.

Study visits were conducted in Ishikawa Prefecture and Aichi Prefecture. In Ishikawa Prefecture, the participants visited JA Ishikawa Prefectural Union, JA Zennoh Ishikawa, JA Kanazawa, JA Komatsu, and Kanazawa Central Wholesale Market. In Aichi Prefecture, the participants visited Aichi Prefectural Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department, JA Aichi Prefectural Union, JA Zennoh Aichi, JA Nishiuwa, and JA Ochiimabari.

At the end of the training course, the participants completed action plans for strengthening the organization and business activities of agricultural cooperatives. They intend to conduct activities based on their plans after they return to their countries.



I learned about “Environmentally Friendly Agricultural Production and Marketing Network” in Ishikawa Prefecture

Ms. Dasanayaka
Ranaweeralage Wenaka
Krishanthi (Sri Lanka)
Agriculture Officer, Department of Agrarian Development, Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka, Ministry of Agriculture

I believe that the agricultural product marketing system in Japan will serve as a very good reference in Sri Lanka. For example, during study visits, I had the opportunity to visit Ishikawa Prefecture, and I felt that I saw a model that shows how to put into practice policies based on the multi-functionality of agriculture and the concept of sustainable agricultural development, which JAs advocate. Such matters as the production of high quality agricultural products, standardization of fruit sorting and grading, packaging and labeling, storage, sanitary control, quality assessment and certification system, which I witnessed during study visits, were excellent. I learned not only these matters but also the importance of market-ing strategies and the creation of market-ing networks.

In Sri Lanka, we are confronted with the difficult problem of developing marketing network systems that are suitable for our country. Upon gaining the opportunity to participate in this training course, I felt that we also need to promote development of an environmentally friendly agricultural product marketing system and business activities through sound organization building.