Asean Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve 


On 22 December 2022, Dr. Choomjet Karnjanakesorn, General Manager of the APTERR Secretariat along with Mr. Toshiki Tojo, Japanese Expert, welcomed the representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry of Japan (MAFF-Japan) to the APTERR Secretariat office.


The MAFF-Japan representatives consisted of Mr. Taira Matsumoto, Director-General for Crop Production Policy Department and APTERR Council member, Mr. Akihito Takanashi, Deputy Director of Grain Trade and Operation Division, Crop Production Bureau, and Ms. Masaki Uchida, staff of Grain Trade and Operation Division, Crop Production Bureau.

The APTERR Secretariat and the MAFF-Japan had  wide varieties of discussion to continue supporting the Tier 3 programme under Japan’s contribution and further APTERR’s activities. Dr. Karnjanakesorn also emphasised on a significance to promote the Tier 1 programme. Currently, the Tier 1 between Japan and the Philippines has already been extended to 2024.   


Apart from the meeting with the APTERR Secretariat, the MAFF-Japan representatives had opportunities to pay a courtesy call on Mr. Chantanon Wannakejohn, Secretary-General of the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the APTERR council member for strengthening the relationship between Japan and Thailand.



Photo credit: Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE),

APTERR Secretariat