Vietnam, Germany cooperate in vocational training for farmers

11:10 | 06/10/2017 MUTRAP Corner

At a seminar in Hanoi on October 5, the Vietnam Farmers’ Union (VFU) and the German Farmers’ Union (DBV) reviewed the outcomes of a cooperation project on vocational training between the two sides.

Vice Chairman of the VFU Central Committee Leu Vu Dieu presents a campaign medal to Anna Lison Culca, an expert from the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and Manager of the GFA project - Photo: hoinongdan

Addressing the seminar, Vice Chairman of the VFU Central Committee Leu Vu Dieu affirmed that after six years of implementation, the project has produced positive effects and boosted the VFU-DBV cooperation in providing Vietnamese farmers with agricultural knowledge and improving professionalism of the VFU’s staff and vocational teachers.

Specifically, under this project from 2012-2017, the VFU sent 146 cadres and farmers to training courses in Germany, and compiled the curriculum for vocational training after the trips. It organised six national workshops with nearly 600 participants and 65 seminars in provinces and cities nationwide.

At the seminar - Photo: hoinongdan

After the training courses, 22 farm owners of Vietnam have successfully expanded production and enjoyed better business outcomes.

Dieu said that the project has helped enhance the mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation between the VFU and the DBV, as well as between the two countries.

He asked the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the DBV to continue assisting the VFU to promote its staff’s capacity, build agro-forestry development models combined with environmental protection and climate change response, and also continue assisting in the development of agritourism.

The VFU official also called for support to help Vietnamese farmers access the German and European markets while increasing experience sharing between farmers of the two countries.

A representative from the German side, Helmut Born, former Secretary General of the DBV, highly evaluated the cooperation in and outcomes of the project, noting that the awareness of agricultural development, farmers and rural areas among the VFU’s leaders and vocational teachers has improved considerably.

Meanwhile, theoretical and practical training was organised in a systematic manner, which is a prerequisite for farmers to organise agricultural production effectively.

The German Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the DBV are always willing to support, cooperate and seek for aids so that more and more Vietnamese farmers could visit and learn experience in Germany in the coming time, he added.

Minh Nguyet