TFNet holds 11th BOT meeting in Fiji

The Eleventh Board of Trustees (BOT) Session of the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) was held in Nadi, Fiji on 26 October 2017, a day after the International Symposium on Tropical Fruits (ISTF2017).



It was attended by 13 Board Members from 7 TFNet member countries, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC). Five observers and 3 members of the TFNet Secretariat were also present in the meeting.


His Excellency Mohd Sallehhuddin bin Hassan, Deputy Secretary General for Planning, Ministry of Agriculture Malaysia, officiated the meeting as Chairperson. Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary Uraia Waibuta of the Fijian Ministry of Agriculture was appointed as Vice-Chairperson of the meeting.



During the meeting, TFNet CEO Mohd Desa Hassim presented on the progress report for 2016-2017 that includes workshops and study visits conducted, finance and administration, and membership status.


A subcommittee was formed to review TFNet’s Strategic Plan and advise the Secretariat on its future direction. Members of the subcommittee include Australia representative Robert Williams, Fiji Representative Shalendra Prasad, Philippines representative Danilo Dannug, CFFRC representative Felix Miller, and Expert Member Yacob Ahmad.


The venue for the next General Assembly will be announced after the Board has finalized the venue. Minutes of the meeting will be sent to all members of the Board of Trustees before 29 December 2017.




Board of Trustees and Delegates



HE Dato’ Mohd Sallehhuddin bin Hassan

Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries, Malaysia

TFNet Chairperson and Representative of the Government of Malaysia


Vice Chairperson

Mr. Uraia Waibuta

Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji

Representative of the Government of Fiji



Dr. Mohd Desa Hassim

Chief Executive Officer

International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet)


Mr. Pascal Liu

Team Leader, International Investment and Tropical Fruits

Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Mr. Robert Williams

Representative of the Government of Australia


Mr. Shalendra Prasad 

Principal Research Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji

Bureau Officer of the Government of Fiji


Dr. Prakash Patil

Principal Scientist and Project Coordinator, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR)

Bureau Officer of the Government of India


Mr. George Culaste

Director, Bureau of Plant Industry, Philippines

Representative of the Government of Philippines


Mr. Danilo Dannug

Supervising Agriculturist, Bureau of Plant Industry, Philippines

Bureau Officer of the Government of Philippines


Dr. Shiiromani Edirimanna

Additional Director, Fruit Research and Development Institute, Sri Lanka
Representative of the Government of Sri Lanka


Dr. Nguyen Quoc Hung

Director General, Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute

Representative of the Government of Vietnam


Mr. Felix Miller

Chief Corporate Services

Associate Member, Crops for the Future Research Centre


Mr. Yacob Ahmad

Expert Member, International Tropical Fruits Network



Ms. Fatin Nadhirah Jazamuddin, Ministry of Agriculture, Malaysia

Dr. Ellina Mansyah, Indonesian Tropical Fruit Research Institute, Indonesia

Dr. Arry Supriyanto, Indonesian Citrus and Subtropical Research Institute, Indonesia

Dr. Affandi, Indonesian Tropical Fruit Research Institute, Indonesia

Mr. Sant Kumar, Bula Agro Nursery, Fiji



Ms. Dorothy Chandrabalan, TFNet

Mr. Arifurrahman Rusman, TFNet

Mr. Christian Anthony Cangao, TFNet


Written by Christian Cangao

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