Nam said that the event, themed “organic agricultural production – international integration trend”, is expected to draw representatives from 27 international organisations and 27 agriculture associations, ambassadors from countries running organic agriculture, and over 300 Vietnamese experts.
|Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam
The forum offers a chance for participants to share experience in organic agricultural production and seek partnership.
Nam said that Vietnam has increasing demand for organic agricultural production. Currently, the country has about 70,000 hectares of organic farms with the engagement of many large firms, international organisations and enterprises.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has completed a draft decree on organic agricultural production and submitted it to the Ministry of Justice for verification before sending it to the Government.
The document is expected to be issued in early 2018. After that, the ministry will immediately design a project on developing organic agricultural production and products in Vietnam, Nam said.
The Deputy Minister held that this is a great chance for Vietnamese firms to join in organic agriculture development, providing organic products for both domestic and foreign markets.
A set of standards for organic products will also be made, along with specific criteria of certification and labelling, he said, adding that the certification of organic products will be conducted by international organisations.