|Two scientists check the quality of new hybrid rice, which is hoped to contribute to improving rice yield and quality. Viet Nam's first Hybrid Rice Seed Research Centre debuted in Nam Dinh Province on Thursday. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's first Hybrid Rice Seed Research Centre (HRRC) was inaugurated in Nam Truc District, Nam Dinh Province on Thursday.
Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy, deputy director of the Department for Science, Technology and Environment under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said at the event that the centre would help create a stable supply of hybrid seeds for Vietnamese farmers.
"Vietnamese hybrid rice will contribute to improving rice yield and quality - Viet Nam's key strategies for sustainable agricultural development," Thuy said.
Syngenta, a worldwide agro-science company in crop protection products, biotechnology and plant varieties, built the 4ha centre with investment of over VND30 billion (US$1.4 million) in the first phase. Equipped with up-to-date laboratory equipment and storage facilities, the centre can connect with Syngenta research institutions around the world to share data and scientific information.
"Our integrated R&D organisation leverages our knowledge, capacities and resources to solve growers' problems through the combination of seed genetics, traits and chemistry. We look forward to meeting the needs of Vietnamese growers," said Gloversib Moro, head of Syngenta R&D Asia Pacific.
Kumar Datta, Syngenta country head in Viet Nam, voiced his commitment to work closely with Vietnamese stakeholders to develop Viet Nam's agriculture sector.
"Currently, one hybrid is under production testing at a national level and two or three high-quality hybrids will be commercialised in 2017," he said.
In the first phase, the centre will import materials from other centres for breeding and invest in research equipment. During the second phase, starting in 2017, laboratories will investigate high-technology applications in breeding.
Each year the centre will choose prospective seeds for production. After testing and pilot production, the most successful varieties will be sold nationwide. — VNS