|The Việt Nam Macadamia Association (VMA) and Australia Macadamia Society signed a co-operation agreement to develop the macadamia industry. — Photo courtesy of VMA
HÀ NỘI — The Việt Nam Macadamia Association (VMA) and Australia Macadamia Society have signed a co-operation agreement to develop the macadamia industry of the two countries.
Under the agreement signed on March 16 in Sydney, the two sides will continue to exchange and share information as well as support Vietnamese individuals and businesses to co-operate with Australian firms. The two associations will organise studies and market forecast on macadamia consumption.
The two countries will also review the co-operation every year and build plans for the following year.
Nguyễn Đức Hưởng, vice chairman of VMA, said the association had promoted macadamia development, thus helping people in the Central Highlands and western north to escape poverty.
He said pilot macadamia plantation in the Central Highlands region had been a success. Studies also showed that macadamia cultivation was suitable for the western north region. If macadamia was produced on a large scale, it would help hundreds of thousands of ethnic people get jobs with higher income, Hưởng said.
He also said the government should have detailed studies on applying technologies and building technical standards in planting, processing and preservation on a par with international standards to develop macadamia not only for the local market but also for exports. — VNS