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Vietnam to help agriculture in Mekong Delta with high technology

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Vietnam will apply high technology in agricultural production in the Mekong Delta with help from Japanese companies, it was said at a forum held in the city of Can Tho.

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The event was sponsored by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and saw the participation of over 80 national domestic and foreign countries.

Nguyen Quoc Viet, deputy head of the Directorate of the Southwest, said the Mekong's Delta attracted so far this year 20,200 million dollars in 138 projects related to the processing and production of high-tech agriculture.

Yasuzumi Hirotaka, Jetro's representative in Ho Chi Minh City, referred to the potential of Vietnam in general and in the provinces of the Mekong River, particularly in agricultural development as well as development policies in this sector of that nation.

He also proposed measures to meet the quality to help boost the export of Vietnamese agricultural products to the Japanese market.

According to statistics, over 62 percent of the population in the Mekong's Delta operates in the agro-forestry-aquaculture sector.

This region, with more than 3,800,000 hectares of agricultural land, contributes with about 50 percent of the total rice production in the country and more than 90 percent of exports of that grain.

Aquaculture accounts for over 60 percent of production and 80 percent of those exports, while the livestock industry contributes $1.5 to $2 billion per year.


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