Can Tho calls for Canadian investment in high-tech agriculture

14:49 | 15/05/2019 Economy

The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho wishes to receive Canadian investments in high-tech agriculture so that local staples can meet stringent requirements in some foreign markets.  

Vice Chairman of the Can Tho city People’s Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam (R) and Canadian General Consul in HCM City Kyle Nunas - Photo: VNA

During a working session with Canadian General Consul in Ho Chi Minh City Kyle Nunas in the city on May 13, Vice Chairman of the city People’s Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam said that the Mekong Delta region and Can Tho city in particular hold enormous potential on agricultural products; however, limitation in technologies in post-harvest, processing and packaging has made local goods fail to enter many choosy markets.

As Canada is a strong supplier of modern machines for production and processing of agro-fishery products, Can Tho hopes to receive the General Consul’s support to lure Canadian investments in the field.

In addition, Can Tho city welcomes Canadian infrastructure projects, especially warehouses, roads and bridges, to serve local agricultural economic development, he stressed.

Currently, Can Tho is calling for foreign investments in a high-tech agricultural station in Vinh Thanh district’s Thanh Tien commune, a high-tech agricultural and ecotourism site in Vinh Thanh district’s Thanh Tien commune, infrastructure at Thot Not Industrial park’s second phase, and infrastructure at O Mon industrial park, among others.

Kyle Nunas, for his part, said that Vietnamese fresh fruits have good opportunities for exports if advanced technologies are applied into growing-harvesting-processing-packaging process.

According to the local Department of External Affairs, Can Tho exported 7.7 million USD worth of goods to Canada, with such key staples as of rice, seafood and garment. Meanwhile, it spent 1.9 million USD purchasing materials and machines from the North American country.

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