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Viet Nam faces forestry restructuring hurdles

Update: December, 20/2014 - 10:14
"It takes time to create new breeds," Ha Cong Tuan, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said. "It might take scientists up to ten years." — File Photo

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam needs to tackle several major challenges in order to restructure its forestry sector, said Nguyen Xuan Quat, a professor at the Research Institute for Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Certification.

Main problems to be addressed include a lack of diversity in seedlings and not enough research team leaders, Quat said on Thursday at a workshop in Ha Noi. The workshop aimed to bring policy-makers, scientists and experts together to identify priorities for restructuring the forestry sector.

Forestry business owners should use more advanced technology to try out new seedling types, while the sector should build a modern national laboratory system so it can research new seedling varieties, he said. Another priority should be training research team leaders.

Nguyen Quang Duong, head of the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry's Planning and Finance Department, said the administration should set technical standards to help industry leaders select seedlings, and work on creating new genetically modified breeds.

Nguyen Hoang Nghia, from the Vietnamese Academy of Forest Sciences, said the country should produce more non-timber forest products. Non-timber includes any product or service, aside from timber, that is produced in forests. It includes fruits, nuts, vegetables, fish and game, medicinal plants, resins, essences, and a range of barks and fibres such as bamboo, palms and grasses.

Science and technology would play key roles in improving the forestry sector, said Ha Cong Tuan, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. They would help Viet Nam improve its seedling diversity.

"It takes time to create new breeds," he said. "It might take scientists up to ten years."

Therefore, scientists in Viet Nam should take advantage of international scientific achievements and apply them effectively here, he said. — VNS


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