The Hanoitimes - Australia will continue to support Vietnam’s agriculture sector and bring benefits to Vietnamese farmers, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick said at the conference in Hanoi on March 6 to discuss the Vietnam-Australia agricultural cooperation strategy for 2017-2027.
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research organised a conference in Hanoi on March 6 to discuss the Vietnam-Australia agricultural cooperation strategy for 2017-2027.
The conference, held by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), aims to clear up the demand of Vietnam and assistance from Australia for the plan.
At the conference.
The event aims to define demand of Vietnam and support from Australia to build a collaborative strategy between the two nations and help Vietnam achieve its development goals.
Topics of discussion included food safety, climate change, soil quality and agricultural market issues.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh stressed Vietnam’s priority of producing safe farming products and tackling climate change challenges.
Minister Doanh said Australia has strengths in modern farming as well as the management of diseases, supply chains and product quality in response to climate change, adding that Vietnam needs to boost capacity in those areas.
He hoped that the collaborative research strategy will cover the priorities of both Vietnam and Australia for the next ten years, bringing benefits to the peoples of the two countries.
The minister expected the 10-year cooperation strategy will soon be completed.
According to Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick, Australia can support and share experience with Vietnam regarding safe and effective farming practices.
During the conference, the two sides discussed several research issues including food safety, climate change, soil fertility improvement, market understanding and approach, policy analysis skills and the increasing values of forestry and fishery products, among others.
Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick speaks at the event.
The ACIAR has invested over AUD96 million (roughly US$72.9 million) in 170 agricultural projects in Vietnam by 2017.
Translated by Thu Minh