Australia provides AUD1.4 mil to develop fruits in northwest region

(VOV) - Increasing income for small households in the mountainous north-western region by enhancing competitiveness and market approach for temperate zone fruits.

The project, with total funding of AUD1.4 million provided by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), is set for implementation over the four year period from 2014-2018.

It aims to assess opportunities at localities and finalise plans to control the development of temperate and semi-temperate fruits in the north-western region.

The goal of the project is to apply advanced techniques and varieties to develop a market based on the consumers’ demand to connect to markets which can make greater profit.

Speaking at the seminar, Deputy Prime Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said the north-western is the poorest region in Vietnam and has received investment and foreign aid to improve people’s living conditions.

The Deputy Minister said developing temperate zone fruits is one of the orientations to help farmers in the region reduce poverty. However, there remain difficulties and challenges such as lack of information about the market, the application of cultivation techniques and post-harvest management.

Doanh in turn expressed hope that the project will help the region seek economic solutions to connect farmers to the market and offer opportunities for growers of fruits to increase their income.

For his part, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Huge Borrowman emphasised cooperation among localities and organisations should put the results of research into practice and improve people’s living standards.

The ambassador affirmed the project will adopt a new approach to promote a dialogue and information sharing to develop temperate fruits in accordance with characteristics of each locality.