Twelfth ICA-Japan Training Course on Management of Agricultural Co-ops (1997)

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(Source: Asia-Pacific Co-op News, Vol.4, No.4, Oct.-Dec.,1998, p.1)

Twelfth ICA-Japan Training Course on Management of
Agricultural Co-operatives

The six-month long 12th ICA-Japan Regional Training Course on
"Strengthening Management of Agricultural Co-operatives in Asia"
commenced in New Delhi at the ICA Regional Office on 20th of
October 1997. 

The training course was kindly inaugurated by His Excellency Sakutaro
Tanino, Ambassador of Japan in India in the presence of a large and
distinguished gathering representing the Co-op Movement in India,
Government of India and others.

The inaugural session was addressed by Mr. Robby Tulus, ICA
Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific and Mr Daman Prakash,
Director of the ICA-Japan Project. 

15 participants representing 10 countries (Bangladesh, China, India,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka)
are participating in the training course. 

The course, which commenced on the 20th of October 1997, will conclude
on 23rd of April 1998 in Japan. Participants will also visit Philippines to
participate in the 8th National Follow-up Workshop during February
10-22 1998.

The training course, which is very popular, is funded by the Ministry
of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Government of Japan.

The 2-months segment of the programme is held in India and another
segment of 2 months will be held at IDACA in Japan. The training course
is focused on improving the management of agricultural co-operatives and
stressing on the importance of  value-addition through agro-processing and
effective marketing. 

During their stay in India, the participants visited the States of Delhi,
Gujarat and Maharashtra and observed the activities of various national,
state and primary level agricultural co-operatives. 

A 5-week module on Preparation of Development Projects was organised
at the IRMA (Institute of Rural Management at Anand)  under the leadership
of Professor G. Krishnamoorthi.