Uzbekistan wants to learn Vietnam’s rice success

09:12 | 15/03/2017 Cooperation

(VEN) - Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, and Uzbekistanis Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Zoyir Mirzaev, recently met for a talk about agricultural cooperation between the two countries.  

Uzbekistanis Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Zoyir Mirzaev (second from the left) speaks at a meeting

According to Nguyen Xuan Cuong, due to serious damage caused by natural disasters and seawater pollution in four central provinces, the agricultural sector’s growth fell 0.18 percent in the first half of 2016. However, with greater efforts of the government, ministries and departments, this sector saw growth of around 1.2 percent for the whole year. Export turnover of agricultural, forestry and fishery products in 2016 totaled about US$32.1 billion, an increase of US$1.7 billion compared to the previous year.

The country currently has 10 export items that have each surpassed US$1 billion in value, including rice, coffee, rubber, cashew nuts, pepper, cassava, fruits and vegetables, shrimp, tra fish and furniture.

Zoyir Mirzaev suggested that Vietnam share its experience in rice cultivation and fish farming. He said that Vietnam’s rice production has made a strong impression on the world. Uzbekistan has not yet produced high-yield rice varieties, so it is willing to cooperate with Vietnamese institutes and universities to acquire experience, contributing to improving its productivity.

Uzbekistan is ready to buy Vietnam’s seed rice to serve their production,” Zoyir Mirzaev said.

Uzbekistan is also willing to cooperate with Vietnam to produce leather products. To promote cooperation between the two sides, Uzbekistani representatives visited Vietnamese farms and production facilities to seek investment opportunities.

Nguyen Xuan Cuong said that opportunities to promote cooperation in all fields between the two sides are available, including in the agricultural sector. With 3.8 million hectares of cultivation area, Vietnam produces 45 million tonnes of rice and around 4-5 million tonnes of corn each year. The rice sector’s success is attributed to research outcome in varieties. Vietnam has numerous types of rice varieties in line with growing conditions in each region and is completely able to share experience with Uzbekistan. In addition, the two sides can promote cooperation in leather, garments and textiles. Therefore, Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong directed officials to cooperate with Uzbekistani agencies in promoting investment and trade.

Two-way trade turnover between Vietnam and Uzbekistan remains modest. If cooperation is boosted, trade turnover could

eventually see a ten-fold increase.

Nguyen Hanh