Amateur inventors Great potential

15:14 | 10/06/2015 Science - Technology

(VEN) - According to the Department of Local Science and Technology Development under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), by this April, more than 250 inventions created by amateur inventors have been acknowledged through practical application. These inventions have contributed to creating new technologies, new products, improving productivity and the quality of products as well as the quality of people’s lives. They have become popular nationwide. Many products have been exported, for example the fresh coconut peeling machine invented by Le Tan Ky from Ben Tre Province, the sowing machine and misting machine for use in agriculture, invented by Nguyen Van Dung from Tay Ninh Province, and the rice dryer invented by Duong Xuan Qua from An Giang Province.

Amateur inventors Great potential

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (first row, middle) at a recent meeting with amateur inventors

Pham Thanh Liem from Dong Thap Province’s Thap Muoi District was one of the 62 amateur inventors recently honored by the MoST. He said that his sowing machine, misting machine and combine harvester have been used widely in agriculture. In the six years from 2009-2015, he has sold about 1,000 machines, 30 percent of which has been exported to Mozambique, Cambodia, and Nigeria.

Nguyen Van Nhan from Thua Thien Hue Province’s Phu Loc District has invented an incubator that can incubate poultry, quail, and ostrich eggs. The smallest incubator of this kind can brood 300 eggs, and the biggest incubator 14,000 eggs. “My incubator has been exported to Laos, and Cambodia, bringing revenue of VND2 billion per year,” Nhan said.

Nguyen Van Chien from Hau Giang Province’s Chau Thanh District has helped local farmers escape poverty through the successful planting of seedless limes according to VietGAP (Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices) processes on 17.2ha and GlobalGAP (Global Good Agricultural Practices) on 13.2ha.

Increasing support

Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan said that the ministry was aware of the important role of the public in scientific research as well as the application and development of technologies, and in recent years, it has provided consultancy for the government to issue policies and mechanisms that create a favorable environment for people from all social strata to present their scientific initiatives for technical improvement. These include Governmental Decree 13/2012/ND-CP putting in place a regulation on initiatives, and circulars issued by the MoST stipulating the conditions and procedures for initiative recognition, the rights and obligations of inventors, and the remuneration for inventors.

At a recent meeting with amateur inventors, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that the government would continue to put in place new mechanisms and policies that encourage and facilitate inventions. He emphasized that every invention must be respected and brought into play.

MoST has coordinated with other ministries, sectors and organizations concerned to assist amateur inventors at all stages, from research, manufacture to product commercialization and establishment of businesses to expand production and promote sales. This assistance has been provided through activities such as helping amateur inventors participate in techmarts, organizing invention contests and activities aimed at improving public awareness about intellectual property.

Scientific research activities have been supported also through the Vietnam-Finland Innovation Partnership Program (IPP), the Fostering Innovation through Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) project funded by the World Bank (2013-2018), and the National Technology Innovation Fund./.

By Quynh Nga