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Leading U.S. Food and Agriculture Companies Engage Thailand on the Potential of Biotech

(Bangkok) A delegation of leading U.S. Food & Agriculture companies organized by the US-ASEAN Business Council visited Bangkok and met with government officials to discuss how U.S. private industry can support the promulgation of new agri-innovation technologies to improve food security and productivity. There are many opportunities for U.S. companies to expand in the food, agriculture and animal health sectors in Thailand, and U.S. companies have interest in supporting the development of plans to continue strengthening Thailand’s regulatory, food safety regime and testing agencies. The mission was led by the Council’s F&A Committee Chair Bruce Blakeman, Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Asia-Pacific, Cargill and Praab Pianskool, Thailand Senior Country Representative, at the US-ASEAN Business Council.

“Thailand is ASEAN’s second largest economy, and the importance of the food and agriculture sector cannot be overstated. More than 10 percent of Thailand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 40 % of its labor force come from the agricultural sector,” said Bruce Blakeman of Cargill. “As one of the world’s leading agricultural suppliers, we want to continue to work together with the Thai government to ensure they do not miss out on agri-innovation technologies which can propel the industry to even higher levels of productivity and yields. In addition, with the upcoming launch of the ASEAN Economic Community, we would like to see an acceleration towards regional harmonization of standards throughout Southeast Asia.”

The delegation met with Mr. Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives; General Chatchai Sarikalya, Minister of Commerce; Dr. Siriwat Thiptharadol, Advisor to the Minister of Public Health and Ms. Duangjai Asawachintachit, Deputy Secretary General at Thailand’s Board of Investment. The mission commenced with a briefing by the U.S. Embassy Thailand’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) team.  Topics of discussion included biotechnology for agriculture, pending registrations of pesticides, opportunities to expand market access for bone-in beef from U.S., tax incentives granted for feed mills, Thailand as the Seed Hub of Asia, Notification of the Ministry of Public Health 363 on Food Additives and animal health regulatory barriers.

“Working with the Thai government to build further mechanisms for stakeholder consultation is one of the main priorities of the Council’s Food & Agriculture committee,” said Praab Pianskool, Council Senior Representative for Thailand. “We plan to continue to build our engagement via other platforms including during the 37th ASEAN Ministers Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry in September 2015.”

Companies participating in the delegation included Cargill, DuPont, Merck and Monsanto.

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