the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has decided to award them the medal "For the cause of agriculture and rural development".

On 18th October 2016, at the headquarter of Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS), on behalf the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Mr. Vu Van Minh - Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department awarded medals for the cause of Agriculture and Rural development to two experts of Center of Biological Agriculture International (CABI) - Dr. Loke Wai Hong, Director of South-East and South Asia (CABI-SEA) and Dr. Sivapragasam Annamalai, Deputy Director of CABI-SEA. This was a prestigious award for those who have made exceptional contributions to Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam.

Present at the ceremony were representatives of organizations belonging to the MARD, the member institutions of VAAS, Crop and Plant Protection Sub-Department of the provinces of Hung Yen, Vinh Phuc, Son La and Dak Lak as well as leaders and officials of VAAS.

CABI is an international not- for-profit organization which has a history of over a century of scientific endeavors and development assistance. Project Plantwise (Plant Clinics) funded by CABI has deployed in Vietnam since 2012 and has achieved significant results. This project could not implement well without the commitment leadership and the tremendous contributions and profound enthusiasm of above experts for Vietnam's farmers.

They both have worked in Vietnam for a long time. Dr. Loke has been working for 18 years with Vietnam counterpats. Dr. Siva has participated in projects since 2010. Through the projects, together with other foreign experts, they have trained, guided managers, researchers, extension staff and farmers, and helped them improving their skills, knowledge and experience in research and production in order to achieve the highest efficiency.

To recognize, honour the tremendous contribution of Dr. Loke. And Dr. Siva for the development of agriculture and rural rural development of Vietnam, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has decided to award them the medal "For the cause of agriculture and rural development".

After reading the decision of Mr. Nguyen Van Tao - Vice president of VAAS Dr. and Dr. Loke. Siva had received aplodisment, sincere congratulations and flowers from Vietnam officials. On behalf of the MARD, Mr. Vu Van Minh congratulated and expressed gratitude them to their contributions for Vietnam agriculture.