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FOREWORD

  Agricultural statistics has become a very useful reference for policy making in agricultural sector. This periodical gives an overview of Asian agriculture by showing major agricultural statistics, as well as economic indicators related to agriculture, from selected Asian and Pacific countries. It uses not only the statistics of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations but also many statistical yearbooks, journals and internet web-sites from each country.

  This periodical includes indicators from twenty-one countries - Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea/North (Dem. People’s Rep), Korea/South(Rep. of), Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan ROC, Thailand and Vietnam. This issue is being published not only as a paper edition but also as an on-line publication, freely available via the Center’s web site and database at http://www.fftc.agnet.org.

  Several distinctive features of this periodical should be emphasized. First, it provides useful statistical information on agricultural development of most countries in the region. I hope users can compare indicators of the past ten years, including those from Taiwan ROC that do not appear in FAO statistics. Second, it is easy to find and compare basic important items including agricultural structure, production & consumption, trade and agricultural economics which characterize the agricultural situation of each country.

  FFTC is an international agricultural organization that collects and disseminates practical and technical information in agriculture toward the benefit for small-scale farmers in the Asian and Pacific region. We hope that this periodical may help each country to understand the agriculture of other countries in the region. This is particularly necessary now that both the volume and the value of the international trade in agricultural products are growing, as the economy of the countries in the region becomes important part of the global economy. FFTC hopes that this periodical will be of value to extension workers, researchers, and government officers in the region.