Japanese minister shares experience in promoting hi-tech agriculture

Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Hayashi Yoshimasa on June 25 visited Saigon Hi-Tech Agriculture Park in Ho Chi Minh City where he shared Japan’s experience in developing high-technology agriculture as well as the application of biotechnology.

He hoped the two sides will have more chances to share farming knowledge and discuss the management of Japanese cooperative model. 

Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem said promoting high technology and the application of biotechnology in agriculture has been one of the city’s priorities. 

Although the sector accounts for only 1% of the city’s GDP, it plays a significant role in economic development of five outskirt districts. 

He said Ho Chi Minh City hopes to learn more from Japan, so that local farmer can produce high value products recognised globally like those of Japan. 

After five years of operation, Saigon Hi-Tech Park, the country’s first and largest of its kind, has become a centre for researching and transferring agriculture technology of Vietnam. It has also trained agricultural experts for not only the southern region but the whole country as well. 

The park is hosting 14 projects in plant variety production, orchid cultivation, clean vegetable, mushroom, herbal and ornamental plant farming and biological products for agriculture.

VNA/VOV online