Vietnam seeks collaboration with Australia on sustainable agriculture: Deputy Minister

WVR/VNA - Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Do Thanh Trung has expressed his wish for the support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in optimising investment resources for agriculture and rural development.
Vietnam seeks collaboration with Australia on sustainable agriculture: Deputy Minister
Vietnam seeks collaboration with Australia on sustainable agriculture: Harvesting winter-spring rice in Bac Lieu. (Photo: VNA)

During a recent working session with ACIAR CEO Wendy Umberger, Deputy Minister Trung emphasised Vietnam's commitment to agriculture, highlighting it as a national advantage and a pillar of the economy.

Vietnam’s vision underlines a multi-pronged approach, promoting efficient, sustainable agriculture with integrated multiple-value approaches, he said, adding that this strategy prioritises increasing product value, competitiveness, and linkages across the entire supply chain, from processing and post-harvest preservation to market expansion. Additionally, it encourages the growth of green, organic and circular agriculture.

Deputy Minister Trung further requested the ACIAR's assistance in navigating the challenges and opportunities presented by new-generation free trade agreements (FTAs), revised investment policies, and the global trend toward organic agriculture and minimised emissions in production.

ACIAR CEO Umberger, for her part, reaffirmed the ACIAR's role as an Australian Government agency dedicated to supporting developing countries in achieving sustainable development goals. She outlined its longstanding partnership with Vietnam, with a cooperation programme active since 1993.

To date, the ACIAR has assisted Vietnam with policy research, particularly in areas related to food security and investment attraction in agriculture and rural development. She also highlighted the ACIAR’s recent focus on climate change and emission reduction initiatives.

The working session aimed to build projects that bring real value to Vietnam’s agriculture sector by integrating environmental and climate-related considerations to ensure farmers' resilience in the face of climate change.

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(Source: WVR/VNA)