Following is information covering APSA's response to the ongoing CoVid-19 pandemic, including actions, updates, activities, measures and important contact details.
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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:
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 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: