MONGOLIAN NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FRUITS AND BERRIES

INTRODUCTION

Mongolian National Association of Fruit and Berries (MNAFB) is a non-government organization that provides professional services to its members who have voluntarily joined the association. Its members include sea buckthorn, fruit and berry growers, processors, researchers and other individuals and entities who are interested in fruit and berry cultivation and processing.

MNAFB was established in 2007 and has been stably operational since then. MNAFB was named as Mongolian Sea Buckthorn Growers and Producers Association (MSBGPA) between 2007 and 2016 and has been named as Mongolian National Association of Fruit and Berries (MNAFB) since January 2016 in relation to its scope of work, aim and direction of work.

MNAFB has been working in a national level structure by establishing subsidiary branches in administrative units and subunits. Those subsidiary branches have been working in compliance with their own bylaw, charter of MNAFB, its aim and objectives.

THE AIM OF MNAFB

The aim of MNAFB lies in cooperating with public and private sector organizations and MNAFB members and supporters and serving them for the purpose of increasing the share of fruit, berry and products of fruit and berry origin in population food consumption and promoting the export of such products at a larger scope and better efficiency by basing on expanding the cultivation of sea buckthorn and other fruit and berry in Mongolia, protecting the resources of wild sea buckthorn and other fruit and berry, developing production and technology of processing of fruit, berry and other resources, and by enriching research-based studies of such.

MNAFB OBJECTIVES

MNAFB has been pursuing the following objectives with its aim described above:

  • Take a leading role together with public and private organizations and individuals in developing and implementing legal and strategic documents within the frame of defining state policy to be pursued in fruit and berry subsector;
  • Make a serious conclusion on the current situation where the consumption and supply of fruit and berry for the national population is dependent on import and aim on increasing cultivation of sea buckthorn and other fruit and berry that are adapted to the favorable ecological conditions and specific characteristics of nature and climate of the country and that can replace import and on ensuring food security and food safety;
  • Pay special attention to testing and selection fruit and berry varieties, adopt varieties that suit the ecological and climatic characteristics of the country, develop new varieties and introduce by efficiently using conventional and modern advanced technologies in seed and seedling propagation;
  • Get policy support from the state in developing scientific research and study of sea buckthorn and other fruit and berry in depth and in multiple fields of study;
  • Regularly search advanced agro-technologies aimed at increasing and stabilizing the yields of sea buckthorn and other fruit and berry;
  • Develop national sea buckthorn, fruit and berry sector in local and regional clusters, develop comprehensive market for products and marketing networks, increase supply of fruit and berry for local market besides increasing export of wild berries especially sea buckthorn;
  • Extend capacity of fruit and berry processing factories, introduce advancement of technique and technology in production, increase types and labels of products an comply with international standard requirements;
  • Support policy and activities for capacity building that are aimed at preparing and re-training personnel and human resources for the fruit and berry sector and provide cooperation;

Support policy and activities that are aimed at expanding cultivation of sea buckthorn and other trees and bushes for the purpose to protect resources of wild fruit and berry and conserve nature and provide cooperation.

MEMBERSHIP AND OPERATION OF MNAFB

At present, MNAFB has approximately 250 member entities and individuals. Besides, MNAFB has outreached approximately ten thousand people by covering in training, study, meetings, trade fairs, conferences and other multi-party events since 2010.

MNAFB has been stably running the following activities:

  • In regard to incorporating issues of the fruit and berry subsector in the national policy and legislation: Proposed and incorporated actual issues and challenges of the sector in the Law on Food, Law of Agriculture, other relevant laws and legislation, Government Policy on Food and Agriculture and government action plans;
  • Proposed “Sea Buckthorn” National Program to the line ministry and jointly implemented the program between 2010 and 2016. In result, sea buckthorn was cultivated on over 6,000 ha and its yield increased to over 3,000 tons. For the purpose to continuously implement the policy and activities for sustainable development of the sector, MNAFB, in cooperation with the line ministry, developed a national program of “Fruit and Berry” for 2018-2020;
  • Conducted studies and surveys, in the frame of consultancy services, together with researchers affiliating MNAFB on challenges and issues in need of addressing for the fruit and berry sector and submitted the findings in the form of recommendation to the policy makers, growers, processors, study/survey runners and international and banking and financing organizations operating in the country;
  • Paid attention to the upgrading and newly developing standards and technique and technological documents of the fruit and berry sector and got approval of authorized technical organization for 17 national standards for preparing seedlings of fruit and berry (sea buckthorn, black berry, cherry, apple, plum, raspberry, strawberry, chokberry, bird cherry, wild apple) and supplying fruit and berry and products of fruit and berry origin (testing methods for berry, oil, juice and nectar of sea buckthorn and black berry) which are all introduced into practice.

MNAFB SYMBOL

Implicating growth and propagation, two green branches of sea buckthorn made into a curve and joined at the bottom by a banner which displays “MNAFB” and within this frame three berries of sea buckthorn with golden color of minerals on top three ever green leaves represent the shape of a crown symbolizing that sea buckthorn is the “King of Berries” and at the same represents all other fruit and berry.

MNAFB AWARDS

MNAFB has a degree and batch of honor called “Honored Worker” and “Leading Worker” designed for members and individuals who make success by working hard or producing a work and a batch for its members.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar city, Sukhbaatar district 1, “AZMON” center, room no. 503

Telephone number: 976 – 7015 – 6339, 976 – 9911 – 6339

E-mail address: info@chatsargana.mn

Website: www.chatsargana.mn

Facebook page: Монголын жимс жимсгэний үндэсний холбоо

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