10:09 | 02/11/2015 Economy- Society
Supporting Vietnam to implement and duplicate smart agricultural models adaptive to climate change was the main focus of a workshop between Vietnamese and Dutch experts held in Hanoi on October 28.
Participants at the event (Photo: VNA)
Vice Minister for Agriculture of the Netherlands Hans Hoogeveen said farmers are the key players in driving agricultural adaptation to climate change.
Therefore, it is necessary to help farmers select varieties and apply advanced cultivation technology as well as join the global high-added value chains to increase their income, he suggested.
The Netherlands cam send technological experts to Vietnamese farmhouses to support them in production and processing stages to avoid food waste and loss, he said.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said he hopes Dutch State-run agencies and businesses will cooperate with Vietnam to develop sustainable agriculture.
He particularly noted the improvements to productivity and the creation of safe and environmentally-friendly food products.
The Vietnamese and Dutch officials agreed on future coordination orientations, including the duplication of food loss and waste prevention and green growth models along with the expansion of bilateral affiliation to science-technology in selecting crop and animal varieties, and seafood breeding.
In 2013, Vietnam along with the Netherlands, South Africa and the US proposed the establishment of the Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), which was introduced to public at a session of the UN Summit on climate change in New York in September 2014./.