Australia to continue supporting Vietnamese agriculture

10:24 | 09/03/2017 Society

Australia will continue to support Vietnam’s agriculture sector and bring benefits to Vietnamese farmers, particularly women and ethnic minority people.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Craig Chittick speaks at the event (photo: VNA

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Craig Chittick made this statement at the Country consultation on an Australia-Vietnam collaborative research strategy on agricultural development 2017-2027, held in Hanoi on March 6.

Organised by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the event aimed to define demand of Vietnam and support from Australia to build a collaborative strategy between the two countries and help Vietnam achieve its development goals.

According to the Australian Ambassador, the agriculture sector of Australia can share agricultural production experience and research with Vietnam to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the agricultural supply chain.

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.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said that Vietnam will review its agricultural priorities as the country is faced many challenges from climate change and increasingly pressure on food safety, requiring changes in land use, seedling research and others.

Doanh noted that Australia has many advantages in agricultural research, particularly pest control, effective management of agricultural supply chains, quality management, and advanced farming techniques, which Vietnam needs to learn from.

“I hope that the two sides will build a collaborative research strategy in the 2017-2027 period, contributing to addressing two important issues including food safety and climate change response,” Doanh added.

At the event, 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.

The ACIAR has invested over AUD96 million (roughly US$72.9 million) in 170 agricultural projects in Vietnam by 2017.

Theo NDO