In its initial year, this project generated an inventory and review of existing aquaculture standards, regulations and related practices in various ASEAN Member States (AMS). It also included an identification of obstacles and bottlenecks in the development and implementation of GAqP especially in the Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV countries). Through this project, a common ASEAN GAqP guidelines based on globally accepted standards and a strategic plan for its operationalisation and sustainability is now available.
In order to operationalise the GAqP guidelines at both national and regional levels, promoting better understanding and capacities of AMS towards effective implementation of these standards/guidelines, is crucial. In 2019-2010, this project supported the development of a training program and training materials for use of aquaculture extension workers/trainers that will contribute to better understanding and utilisation of the ASEAN GAqP. These materials may later serve as reference and basis to develop and implement customized training on ASEAN GAqP in AMS. This support aims to improve the understanding and capacities of AMS government officials to harmonise and promote uptake of ASEAN GAqP. The output of this support are: i) A generic training program/curriculum based on the ASEAN Guidelines on Good Aquaculture Practices for Food Fish; and ii) A detailed (step by step) Trainers’ Guide. During the development of these documents, a pilot training was conducted in Penang, Malaysia from February 3-6, 2020 to test the draft training materials and obtain feedback from representatives of aquaculture and fisheries agencies from AMS. Feedback from the pilot training was then used to finalise the draft version of the Trainers’ Guide and PPT materials.
For more inf0rmation, please contact the Food, Agriculture and Forestry Division of the ASEAN Secretariat.