Successful 11th Japan/ICA management training course (1997)

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July, 1997
(Source: Asia-Pacific Co-op News, Vol.4, No.2, Apr-June 1997, pp.2)

Successful 11th ICA/Japan Management Training Course
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The 11th ICA/Japan Training Course for Strengthening of Management of
Agricultural Co-operatives, organised by ICA with the active support of
member organisations in the region, was conducted on November 4, 1996
through April 20, 1997. 

The training course, formally inaugurated at ICA ROAP head office in
New Delhi by H.E. Seiji Kojima, Charge de Affairs of the Embassy of
Japan in India, surveyed the development models of the co-operative
movements  in India, Sri Lanka and Japan. Funded by the Government of
Japan, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), the
course was attended by 15 participants representing  Bangladesh, India,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and
Vietnam. 

The first part of the training was held in India during November/December
1996, and included study visits to agricultural co-operatives in and around
Delhi,in Maharashtra and Gujarat States.

This was followed by study visits to agricultural co-operatives in Sri
Lanka in early January, 1997. The participants returned to their respective
countries to prepare co-operative development projects based on the
training imparted to them in India at the Institute of Rural Management,
Anand, Gujarat. 15 projects were appraised at a session in Tokyo during
the second part of the training course, conducted at the Institute for the
Development of Agricultural Co-operation in Asia (IDACA) Feb. 23 to
Apr 20, 1997. The project proposals prepared by the participants
involved setting up facilities for agro-processing, infrastructure
development, establishing service, and conserving the environment. The
second part of the training course in Japan also involved study visits to
agricultural co-operatives around Tokyo, Fukuoka and Shizuoka
Prefectures. The course was directed by Dr. Daman Prakash, Project
Director.