COVID-19 in the Asia-Pacific: Info & Resources
Following is information covering APSA’s response to the ongoing CoVid-19 pandemic, including actions, updates, activities, measures and important contact details.
Session 1 presentation CLICK HERE
Impact of COVID-19 on seed trade Webinar Session 1: China, India and Pakistan
[Live on 26 May 2020 13.10 – 15.00 GMT+7]
Session 2 presentation CLICK HERE
Impact of COVID-19 on seed trade Webinar Session 2: Japan, Australia and Philippines
[Live on 27 May 2020 13.10 – 15.00 GMT+7]
Session 3 presentation CLICK HERE
Impact of COVID-19 on seed trade Webinar Session 3: USA, Chile, France, Italy and Netherlands
[Live on 27 May 2020 18.00 – 19.40 GMT+7]
Remote Work and Social Distancing
Starting Thursday, March 26, 2020, APSA Secretariat Bangkok-based staff will be working remotely. This is in accordance with CoVid-19 containment guidelines from the World Health Organization and the Royal Thai government, which call for the implementation of social-distancing and minimizing unnecessary travel and human-to-human interactions.
Our central email (firstname.lastname@example.org) continues to be checked, and monitored daily, and all inquiries will be addressed in a timely manner.
Please see additional APSA Secretariat contact information below.
Impacts of CoVid-19 on the Asia-Pacific Seed Industry
While restrictions on travel and public gatherings of people may be necessary measures to curb the spread of SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes CoVid-19, any interruptions to international trade, and especially the movement of seeds and other vital agricultural inputs, are unnecessary and would prove devastating to global food security.
To address the urgency of the situation, and emphasize the need to maintain international supply chains and seed trade facilities and services, APSA has issued an official statement. Download the statement, and also see this news here.
Furthermore, APSA joined with Crop Life Asia to compose a joint opinion editorial about guarding against the unintended consequences of Covid-19, and securing food production in the region, which you can download and read here. Many of these points were further emphasized in a commentary jointly conducted by APSA and CLA, published by Channel News Asia here.
Moreover, APSA and Crop Life Asia jointly wrote to His Excellency Dato Lim Jock Hoi Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Here’s what we wrote.
We continue to closely monitor the situation, and especially impacts on seed trade to and from the Asia-Pacific region. This page will be updated as the situation develops.
Meanwhile, should you have any questions, concerns or comments about Covid-19 and its impact on seed trade in the Asia-Pacific region, please reach out to APSA Executive Director Dr. Kanokwan Chodchoey. (email@example.com)
Remote Work and Social Distancing
Other Statements, Notices & News from Asia-Pacific Seed Industry Associations, Governments and Stakeholders
Following is a list of links and downloadable files containing responses, statements, updates and initiatives from key seed industry organizations and stakeholders:
- International Seed Federation: Mar 17 Statement on movement of seeds under COVID-19 crises (link); Mar 24 call for information from RSAs, NSAs and seed companies (link); July 6 update from Secretary General, Michael Keller on international movement of seed during COVID-19 (link).
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): COVID-19 and food safety: guidance for food businesses, published April 7 (link to pdf)
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): Q&A: COVID-19 pandemic – impact on food and agriculture (link)
- Australia Department of Agriculture advice on trans-boundary seed trade (link); policy for vegetable seeds under review (link)
- American Seed Trade Association: COVID-19 ASTA Resource page (link)
- China Seed Association: Mar 26 statement of challenges and measures to ensure seed supply (pdf in English and Chinese)
- China National Seed Trade Association: Letter to seed companies (pdf in Chinese); joint letter for agri-services (pdf in Chinese)
- Govt of India: National Disaster Management Authority order on March 25 (link to pdf)
- Govt of India: SOP for Plant Quarantine during Covid-19 situation (pdf)
- National Seed Association of India: March 23 Letter to Agriculture Secretary (pdf)
- Federation of Seed Industry of India: March 23 Statement on trans-boundary movement of seeds, farm inputs (pdf)
- Federation of Seed Industry of India: April 23 Statement on member contributions (pdf)
- Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) March 31 advisory on Rabi crop harvesting, threshing, storage and transport (pdf)
- Covid 19 Agribusiness Impact – SAATHI CII (pdf)
- Pakistan Ministry of National Food Security and Research Notice of quarantine exemption for food, agriculture, seeds and farm input workers during Covid-19 lock-down (jpg)
- The Philippines: farm worker and food transport quarantine exemptions resolution (link)
- Thailand Department of Agriculture services during Covid-19 guidelines in Thai language (link)
- World Vegetable Center: director-general statement (link)
- Grow Asia Response to Covid-19 -April 16, 2020 newsletter (link)
- Seed Association of the Americas statement (pdf)
- Chia Tai Group Statement (link)
- East-West Seed: Statement from Founder, Simon N. Groot (link); Statement from Management Board (link) & Comprehensive statement of measures (pdf)
- HM.Clause (statement)
- Advanta thanks farmers, customers in video posted on twitter
- Bayer Crop Sciences: Coronavirus news feed updates (link)
- BASF: Nutrition and Health business coronavirus updates (link)
- Syngenta: Actions on Covid-19 notice (link)
National Seed Associations
If you have concerns or comments regarding measurers or the situation in any specific country in the APSA region, you are advised to contact the National Seed Association (NSA) of that country directly. Details and contact information for NSAs in the APSA region can be found here.
APSA Events and Meetings
Due to an increasing number of restrictions being imposed on international travel, a number of important international seed industry events planned for this year have been canceled or postponed. These include the International Seed Federation’s World Seed Congress (cancelled) and the International Seed Testing Association’s Annual Meeting (cancelled).
Likewise, APSA has postponed its 2nd Asian Cucurbits Round Table (scheduled for July, 2020, now postponed until 2021) and are in the decision process for several more events planned in the latter half of 2020. Please keep checking this page for updates.
Other important meetings will be held remotely, via teleconference.
These include our upcoming Midterm Meeting in April; the APSA-WorldVeg Consortium annual Workshop in May (click here); and our bimonthly meetings of all of our Special Interest Groups, Standing Committees and related working groups.
Additional APSA Secretariat Contacts
All general inquiries should be forwarded to APSA’s central email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and urgent matters to APSA executive director (email@example.com). Following are other Secretariat staff contacts:
- APSA Technical Coordination Manager: Kunaporn Phuntunil (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- APSA Event Manager: Mike Kingpayom (email@example.com)
- APSA Membership Coordination Manager: Komsak Kaemjing (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- APSA Administrative Office Manager: Weeranuch Mhadlhoo (email@example.com)
- APSA Communications Manager: Steven Layne (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- APSA ICT Officer: Visavesa Chuaisri (email@example.com)
- APSA China Liasion Manager (xiaofeng_APSA@163.com)
- APSA Chief Accountant: Narima Sethapanich (firstname.lastname@example.org)