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Taiwan, Indonesia sign agricultural cooperation pact

2016/05/16 23:29:14

Indonesians taking part in Taiwan Technical Mission's agricultural projects display their produce. (CNA file photo)

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Taiwan and Indonesia have signed an agreement on agricultural cooperation, a development that officials here said Monday will be conducive to reaching a more urgently needed fishery cooperation pact between the two countries.

The agricultural agreement was signed in Taipei on May 12 by officials of Taiwan's representative office in Jakarta and their Indonesian counterparts in Taiwan, officials of the Council of Agriculture (COA) said.

Both sides have identified agrifood, horticulture, dairy farming, and slope crops as areas for cooperation and joint investments, they added.

Collaboration in these areas should help the two sides promote marketing, human resources development, food diversification, the development of campus and household gardening, horticulture and land irrigation, according to the officials.

Under the agreement, a regular dialogue will be developed to facilitate exchanges of agricultural technologies and market access, as Indonesia is a key member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), they said.

Taiwan has also sought to sign a fishery cooperation accord with Indonesia to ensure safety for its fishing crews after a March 21 incident in which two Taiwanese fishing boats were attacked by Indonesian government vessels in the Strait of Malacca.

The agricultural agreement will be a positive step toward that goal, said the COA officials, who are also responsible for fishery issues.

(By Yang Shu-min and S.C. Chang)