09:18 | 08/10/2016 Cooperation
(VEN) - Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Cuong and Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture of Ireland Andrew Doyle together committed efforts to promote cooperation in agricultural development.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Cuong and Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture of Ireland Andrew Doyle at a working session
Andrew Doyle led an agricultural trade delegation to Vietnam from September 5-7 in order to broaden their understanding of the Vietnamese dynamically growing market. Accompanying him were senior officials of the Food Promotion Agency, the Trade Promotion Agency, the Sustainable Food System Organization and more than 20 dairy and meat companies of Ireland which visited Vietnam to seek investment opportunities.
Nguyen Xuan Cuong said that Ireland’s agriculture is a development model for Vietnam and that via cooperation Vietnam would learn from Ireland in terms of high-tech farming, agricultural preservation and processing, while getting together with Ireland to boost trade and investment relations.
Nguyen Xuan Cuong proposed four areas of increased cooperation with Ireland in the near future, including teaching modern farming management, sharing experience in developing organic agriculture, setting up a safe food and agricultural product management system, and fostering joint investment in cow breeding.
For sustainable agricultural development
Andrew Doyle underlined Ireland’s commitment to sustainable and responsible agriculture in order to provide Ireland’s best food for Vietnam. He also said that Ireland is willing to share its know-how with Vietnam in order to produce safe, sustainable and high-value agricultural products. Ireland also expected to deepen ties with Vietnam in agriculture. According to him, the visit was a big opportunity to connect Ireland’s companies and Vietnamese importers. During the visit, Ireland sent dossiers to Vietnamese authorities in application for selling Ireland’s beef to Vietnam,” said Andrew Doyle.
Expert Uong Dinh Hoang from the Ministry of Planning and Invesment’s Agricultural Economy Department said that Vietnam wanted Ireland to share its experience with Vietnamese businesses in order for them to achieve the highest productivity and to link businesses of Ireland and Vietnam to increase the presence of Ireland’s brand names and products in Vietnam.
Apart from efforts to connect investors in agriculture and rural development, Vietnam expected support from Ireland in establishing a law system for food safety management in an effort to produce green and clean products.
From 2010-2014, Ireland’s food exports to Vietnam increased by four fold including dairy products, pork, drinks, seafood and processed food.
According to statistics, agricultural trade between Vietnam and Ireland has been on the rise, reaching US$35 million in 2013 and US$40 million in 2015. Major categories are dairy products, pork, drinks, seafood and processed food.