Ministry enhances international cooperation for rice development

18:07 | 26/11/2014

VGP – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) co-held a workshop on restructuring the rice sector to serve new-style rural area construction in Ha Noi on November 26.

Photo: VGP

The workshop saw the participation of representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), local and international experts in the sector.

Delegates discussed measures to build Viet Nam’s rice brand name, improve rice breeds and set up a value chain for rice products with a focus on the role of small farmer households and exports.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh stressed that to implement successfully the agricultural restructure as approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, major farm products should be restructured and improved, particularly exported rice to raise its added value and farmers’ income as well.

Together with internal strengths, Viet Nam needs cooperation and support from international organizations, including the IRRI and the FAO, Doanh said.

Through the workshop, the MARD wants to build a framework for an effective and feasible cooperation program between the ministry and the IRRI for the development of the rice sector of Viet Nam in the future.

After the PM approved a scheme on restructuring agriculture towards improving the added value and sustainable development in June 2013, the MARD worked with the IRRI to suggest further technical support from the institute in restructuring the rice sector and agriculture in general.

The IRRI’s studies and technical support focus on breeds, biotechnology, sustainable production and policies to improve the rice sector and farmers’ income.

After a six-month survey in major rice cultivation regions, the IRRI made six suggestions in September, including rice breeding to special types of rice for higher quality and commercial production; building Viet Nam’s rice brand name; reducing post-harvest losses; lessening effects of climate change on rice production; accessing small rice producer households; and suggesting policies to boost a strategy on developing high-quality rice and agriculture sustainably.

                                                                                                                        By Ngoc Van