|Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat (left), presented the medal to IRRI General Director, Robert S. Zeigler.— VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Robert S. Zeigler on Friday received a medal for his outstanding contribution to agriculture and rural development in Viet Nam.
The medal, which was presented by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, represented the profound thanks of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on the meaningful and close collaboration between Dr Zeigler and Vietnamese authorities, scientists and farmers in their development of national agriculture, according to the minister.
Under the leadership of Dr Zeigler, long-term partnerships and co-operation between the IRRI and Viet Nam have been enhanced and expanded greatly and effectively. The IRRI has also helped Vietnamese farmers to maximise their potential capacity in the national agricultural development, Phat said at a ceremony held on Friday to mark the event.
As of 2014, about 90 hybrid rice varieties of IRRI lines have been recognised as certified seed of Viet Nam. The country has also provided more than 3,000 types of rice for the IRRI's rice gene bank. The breed is now in storage and conservation at the IRRI.
IRRI has sent more than 2,000 samples of rice to Viet Nam to use as material for researches in breeding new varieties.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Phat said thank to the IRRI, Vietnamese farmers had a chance to get the best rice varieties. Vietnamese scientists also had opportunities to approach the most modern and high technology in global rice study and agricultural development. — VNS