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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(2) ICA Training Course on Quality and Safety Management of Farm Products

In order to contribute to enhancing the productivity of agricultural products and increasing farmers’ income, IDACA, in collaboration with ICA, carried out the training course on the “1st ICA Quality and Safety Management of Farm Products” between July 11 and August 4, 2011 for supporting the fostering of distribution experts who are in charge of agricultural product quality and safety management.

Participating in this training course were 16 people such as administrative officials, staff members of agricultural cooperatives and farmers from 11 countries, which are South Asian countries and countries along the Mekong River.

In the training course consisting mainly of classroom sessions at IDACA, the participants learned about such matters as the agricultural product marketing system and safety management system, on which the JA Group has been working. In the study visits that followed, the participants went to Nara Prefecture, where they visited JA Nara, its relevant facilities, and the Nara Prefectural Agricultural Research Center. At the end of the training course, the participants drew up action plans that they intend to put into practice in their own countries as the outcomes of their training.


Consumers in Bhutan are food safety-oriented

Mr. Chogyal
Mill Manager / Coop Focal
Department of Agricultural Marketing & Cooperatives, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests,
Royal Government of Bhutan

My impression of the Japanese people whom I met was that they were all polite, kind, and hard-working day and night. However, since they were not very good at communicating in English, they helped me by using body language. What was amazing is that the city is very clean and that Japan is a safe country.

What I learned through the training course are as follows:

  • In establishing a cooperative association, it is essential to adhere to the principle of cooperative association in order to support solidarity between farmers and rural communities.
  • In order to gain the trust of farmers, it is necessary to first indicate to them that you are confident in providing guidance and then guide them efficiently.
  • Actively gaining various information and knowledge and providing proper guidance will lead to increasing the income of farmers.
  • Go out to the fields where farmers work, and understand and respond to their problems, needs, etc.

This training course served as a valuable opportunity for me to gain various kinds of knowledge. Agricultural product quality and safety management is a theme that will be very useful to me in my work in the future. The reason is that consumers in Bhutan are oriented toward food safety, including organic farming.

During study visits in Nara Prefecture, I gained up-to-date knowledge through observation of the business activities of the JA. What made the most impact on me were the farmers’ mar-kets, which can possibly be established in my own country.