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JICA sees heightened Japanese interest in VN agriculture

Update: December, 16/2015 - 17:00
JICA's Chief Representative in Viet Nam Mori Mutsuya (left) gives his representation at the conference. — Photo Courtesy of JICA

HA NOI (VNS) — The Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) has joined hands with Viet Nam in setting up a chain of agricultural manufacturing units, involving production, processing and consumption activities.

JICA's Chief Representative in Viet Nam Mori Mutsuya said this at a conference held today in Ha Noi.

JICA's partners are the agriculture and rural development ministry (MARD), the central Nghe An Province, Lam Dong Central Highlands Province and the northern Ha Nam Province.

Mori said the key to making the co-operative projects successful was the close co-operation between the concerned agencies.

With help from MARD, pilot projects in Lam Dong, Nghe An and Ha Nam provinces will become stable and be expanded to other localities.

JICA's survey in Lam Dong Province showed that the local farmers' income was only one-ninth of those in Malaysia. If Japanese enterprises invested in Viet Nam, not only the enterprises but local farmers too would get great opportunities, Mori said.

For instance, the local farmers' income in Lam Dong has increased by nine times ever since they started planting flowers instead of coffee trees.

Yamamoto Satoshi, JICA official in charge of agriculture, said MARD should supervise the above-mentioned project and replicate the model. While implementing the project, local farmers should pinpoint the problems and define which of them could not solved by them and then ask for support from JICA.

Mori said manpower training was also one of the targets in the Viet Nam-Japan dialogue on agricultural development co-operation.

Manpower training in agriculture and environment sectors will be conducted at Can Tho University.

JICA is also planning to join hands with the Viet Nam National University of Agriculture in researching rice varieties.

Mori said after the medium-term and long-term visions of the Viet Nam-Japan dialogue on agricultural development co-operation were formulated, the number of Japanese enterprises paying attention to Vietnamese agriculture had increased.

Viet Nam's agriculture could not develop properly because of problems such as farmers and enterprises facing difficulties in accessing credit with interest, lack of information technology and of information about consumers. — VNS



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