ARDA’s Visit to Australian Agriculture Research & Development Agencies in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney

3-7 April 2017, Office of the Agricultural Affairs received the delegation from Agricultural Research Development Agency (Public Organization) (ARDA) for the visit to several leading Australia agricultural research and development agencies in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. The delegation, consisting of altogether 12 participants, was led by Mrs. Panpimon Chunyanuwat, Executive Director and Mrs. Jirawan Yamprayoon, Advisor to the Executive Director and a former Deputy Permanent Secretary–General of Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand. The objectives were to discuss and exchange experiences in agriculture research and development policies, funding management and ways to maximize the utilization of the research outcomes.

Research and development, particularly innovation, has played an important role in supporting the agricultural sector and made Australia one of the largest exporters of agriculture and food products to the world market. Australia is known of having a number of internationally recognized research institutes with excellent management systems. Funding is obtained via several models, fully or partially funded by the government and/or concerned industry.

The ARDA delegation had the opportunities to meet and discuss with Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA), AgriBio La Trobe University and CSIRO: Food Innovation Centre in Melbourne; Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resources Economics and Science (ABARES), Australian Research Council (ARC), CSIRO: National Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Precinct (NAESP) and Fisheries Research and Development Cooperation (FRDC) in Canberra. The delegation also visited the famous Sydney Fish Market in Sydney. The delegation received warm welcomes by all parties. The discussions were very fruitful and networking was established. Future technical cooperation with those agencies is foreseen in the near future.