High Value Vegetables in Southeast Asia –
Production, Supply and Demand, (SEAVEG 2012)
January 24-26, 2012, Thailand
Participants during SEAVEG 2012
The Department of Agriculture (DOA), Thailand; Asian
Vegetable Research and Development Centre (AVRDC),
Taiwan; ASEAN-AVRDC Regional Network (AARNET)
Vegetable Science International Network (VEGINET)
supported by P. N. Agricultural Science Foundation (PNASF)
and Horticultural Science Society of Thailand (HSST),
jointly organized the Regional Symposium: High Value
of Vegetables in Southeast Asia – Production, Supply
and Demand held during January 24-26, 2012 at Lotus
Hotel Pang Suan Keaw, Chiang Mai, Thailand. More
than 200 participants from about 25 countries
namely, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia,
Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lao PDR,
Malaysia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, Philippines,
Portugal, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Vietnam
attended the Symposium. The maximum number of
participants was represented from Asia.
Dignitaries at the dais during SEAVEG 2012 Inaugural
The inaugural session was presided over by Dr.
(Mrs.) Mantana Milne, Deputy Director General,
Department of Agriculture, Government of Thailand
and the Chief Guest on the occasion was Mr. Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director General and Regional
Representative, Asia and the Pacific; and the Guests
of Honour were Dr. Prem Nath, former FAO Assistant
Director General and Chairperson, VEGINET and Dr.
Jacqueline d ’Arros Hughes, Deputy Director General, AVRDC and
Dr. Suwit Chaikiattiyos, Director,
Horticultural Research Institute, Bangkok.
On this occasion, the welcome address was delivered
by Dr. Prem Nath, opening remarks were given by
(Mrs.) Mantana Milne and the Symposium activities
report was presented by Dr. Suwit Chaikiattiyos.
The Keynote address entitled “Growing Role of
Vegetables in Food and Nutrition Security and Income
Generation in Asia” was delivered by the Chief
Guest, Mr. Hiroyuki Konuma, whereas the inaugural
address entitled “The Nourished Millennium: How
Vegetables Put Global Goals within Reach” was
presented by Dr. Jacquiline d’ Arros Hughes’.
During this session, the VEGINET International Award
2011 for outstanding research and development was
presented by the Chief Guest, Mr. Hiroyuki Konuma to
Prof. Joao Carlos da Silva Dias, Technical
University of Lisbon, Portugal.
The technical sessions consisted of the
Session 1: Seed to Harvest
- Germplasm, Breeding, Crop Improvement
- Integrated Pest Management
- Crop Production and Cropping Systems
Session 2: Harvest to Table
- Human Nutrition, Marketing Economic and Value
Session 3: Vegetables for Sustainable Development
- Urban Horticulture, Climate change, Country
About 53 oral papers and 34 poster papers were
presented. Among the invited papers were: Urban and
Peri-urban Agriculture and Vegetables by Dr. Prem
Nath (India); From farm to table- how to reduce
insecticidal residues in vegetables to WHO’s
standard – a proposal to Asian Government by Dr. M.
L. Anothai Choomsai (Thailand); Emergence of
Whitefly transmitted geminiviruses: A major threat
to vegetable production in Southeast Asia by Dr. Anupam Varma (India); Comparison of cultivation
systems for Asian leafy vegetables and herbs in
greenhouse by Prof. Michael Boehme (Germany);
Potentials of acquatic vegetables in Asian diet by
Prof. K. V. Peter (India); Improving the Supply
chain management of vegetables through group action
of farmers and contract farming: The Indian Context
by Prof. P. G. Chengappa (India); Urban
hydroponics-facts and vision by Prof. Wilfried H.
Schnitzler (Germany); Trend of horticultural
research particularly vegetables in India and its
regional prospects by Dr. H. P. Singh (India);
Transgenic vegetables for Southeast Asia by Prof.
Joao Carlos da Silva Dias (Portugal); Importance of
Food Safety in Vegetable production and Supply chain
by Dr. Shashi Sareen (Thailand).
During the Closing Session, the Plenary Speeches
entitled “USAID’S Agricultural Research Strategy and
the Role of Horticulture by Dr. John E. Bowman (USAID)
and ‘The Water, Energy, Food and Nutrition Security
Nexus: UNSGAB’s Message to UN conference on
Sustainable Development (Rio Blus 20)” by Dr. Olivia
La O’ Castillo (UNSGAB) were delivered.
Roundtable discussion during the SEAVEG 2012 in
Chiang Mai, Thailand
During this session, a lively roundtable discussion
moderated by Dr. Robert J. Holmer (AVRDC) with
Dr. Prem Nath, (VEGINET), Dr. Jacqueline d ’Arros Hughes
(AVRDC), Dr. Olivia La O’ Castillo (UNSGAB),
Dr. Grisana Linwattana (DOG) and Dr. John E. Bowman (USAID)
on dais and all participants in the audience, was
At the Closing session, the General Assembly of
the SEAVEG 2012, recommended that the second SEAVEG
and the second ICV (International Conference on
Vegetables) be held together during early 2014. It
may be noted that the first ICV 2002 was held during
November 2002 in Bangalore, whereas ICH-2009
(International Conference on Horticulture) was held
in November 2009, both organized by PNASF.
Before concluding the closing session the
following awards were presented to participants;
PNASF Award-Outstanding leadership in organizing the
- For Outstanding leadership in organizing the
SEAVEG 2012 to Dr. Robert J. Holmer (Thailand) by
Dr. Olivia La O’ Castillo, Member, United Nations
Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and
Sanitation (UNSGAB), Manila, Philippines.
- For Outstanding leadership in organizing the
SEAVEG 2012 to Dr. Grisana Linwattana (Thailand)
by Dr. Olivia La O’ Castillo, Member, United
Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on
Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), Manila,
- Outstanding contribution in Vegetable Research
and Development was presented on 24/01/2012 to
Prof. Joao da Silva Dias (Portugal) by Mr.
Hiroyuki Konuma, ADG, FAO RAP, Bangkok
- The Best Oral Paper of SEAVEG 2012 was
presented to Dr. Allan P. Bacho, (Philippines) by
Dr. Jacqueline d ’Arros Hughes, DDG (Research),
It was conceived and approved by the
General Assembly of the ICV-2002. The VEGINET has
been launched on 1st November, 2003. The Launching
Paper is attached for information and membership
contribution. The concession rate membership fee is
applicable upto April 30, 2004 only.
- A book entitled "Food Security and
Vegetables - A Global Perspective" with 29 papers by
the international authors of repute was published
and released in March, 2004. The book is available
on sale with the PNASF.
- A book entitled “Vegetable Crops – Improvement and
Production” authored by Dr. Prem Nath, Dr. V.K.
Srivastava, Dr. O.P. Dutta and Dr. K.R.M. Swamy
published by the Prem Nath Agriculture Science Foundation, Bangalore on November 18, 2007 at the
Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra (GKVK), University of
Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. The book is
available on sale with the PNASF.
- A book entitled “Foods and Nutrition” authored by
Dr. K.G. Ahuja, Dr. Prem Nath and Dr. K.R.M. Swamy
and published by PNASF and Studium Press, New Delhi
was released by Shri S.A. Ravindranath during the
International Conference on Horticulture (ICH-2009)
was held in Bangalore, Karnataka State, India during
November 9, 2009. The book is available on sale with
the Studium Press, New Delhi.
- A book entitled “Horticulture and Livelihood
Security” prepared by PNASF, edited by Prem Nath and
P.B. Gaddagimath and jointly published by Scientific
Publishers (India), Jodhpur and PNASF, Bangalore on
September 25, 2010 at Raj Bhawan, Bangalore. The
book is available on sale with the Scientific
Publishers (India), Jodhpur.
Women Development - 2006
The PNASF has received funds to develop and
implement the field project on capacity building on
income-generation among the women of poor rural
The PNASF has received grants to award
scholarship to women students for pursuing MSc/PhD
in agriculture and food sciences.
- The PNASF awarded plaque to the recognized
senior agricultural scientist Padmashree Dr. M.Mahadevappa during the International Workshop on
Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture held on June 29 –
July, 02, 2005 in Bangalore.
- The young agricultural scientist award to Dr. S.K.
Malhotra of National Research Centre on Seed Spices,
Ajmer was awarded PNASF Gold Medal for his
outstanding contribution on seed spices during the
SYMSAC-II Current Trends in Onion, Garlic, Chillies
and Seed Spices held on November 25, 2005 in Pune.