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Japan urged to assist agricultural sector

Update: November, 19/2012 - 10:00

TOKYO (VNS)— Viet Nam wants Japan to increase its investment and co-operation to help industrialise and modernise Viet Nam's agriculture sector.

The Southeast Asian country also needed more technical assistance and technological support from Japan, especially in the area of aquaculture, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam.

The deputy minister made the comments to Japanese Senior Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Takahiro Sasaki during Tam's visit to Japan from November 12-17.

The Vietnamese officials asked the Japanese side to consider raising the acceptable level of Ethoxyquin content, an antioxidant, found in Vietnamese shrimp exported to Japan.

The Japan Food Safety Committee began proceedings to consider the request on November 6.

The Vietnamese delegation also held working sessions with the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) and Japan Fisheries Association, where it introduced Viet Nam's fisheries strategy and called for Japanese investment in the sector. — VNS

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