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Date 08/09/2022-17:10:00 PM
Ireland-Vietnam Agriculture Conference - The Adoption of Agritech 4.0
(MPI) - Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) in collaboration Ireland’ Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine organized “Ireland-Vietnam Agriculture Conference - The Adoption of Agritech 4.0” on September 8. Vietnamese MPI Deputy Minister Tran Duy Dong and the Ireland’s Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Martin Heydon co-chaired the conference.
MPI Deputy Minister Tran Duy Dong speaks at the conference. Photo: MPI

The conference was an opportunity for the two sides to share experiences and promote agricultural cooperation, focusing on the application of technology with the goal of building a modern, high-quality, productive agriculture with sustainability and good competitiveness.

MPI Deputy Minister Tran Duy Dong remarked that the conference is an opportunity to promote the two countries’s cooperation in the agricultural sector through connecting, sharing Irish experiences. This also marks the collaboration between Vietnam's MPI and Ireland's Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, contributing to leverage the two countries’ agencies, organizations and enterprises.

Vietnam and Ireland have a long and sustainable cooperation history in all areas, especially in invesment and trade, he noted. Promoting cooperation in agricultural development as well as agricultural business linkages between Vietnam and Ireland is of great significance in the current context, because their strengths can complement each other for mutual development.

Despite many important achievements, Vietnam’s agricultural sector still faces many challenges such as limitations on mechanisation, lack of breeds and livestock production, an unsustainable consumption market, and inadequate human resources, he said.

The deputy minister emphasised that Vietnam's agriculture still has ample room for development, especially in organic and processed products with high added value and high technology application. Therefore, the MPI wants Ireland to share experiences on agricultural development, especially in livestock, as well as enable Vietnamese agricultural enterprises to access modern Irish technologies and research, contributing to boosting the export of Vietnam’s agricultural products to regional and global markets.

Overview of the conference. Photo: MPI

Irish Minister Martin Heydon said that the two countries should explore the potential for cooperation and development in agriculture, food, and ready-made goods, especially since the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement came into force.

Ireland is the leading food supplier in the world with top-quality products. Martin said, to do this, science and technology is a major key, playing a crucial role in solving problems and improving people’s livelihoods.

Ireland holds a lot of experience in the transition from an agricultural country to a modern industrial country with the use of advanced technology and applied scientific research achievements to increase the added value of agricultural products. Ireland is willing to share information with Vietnamese business to fully exploit the potentials of both countries.

Irish Ambassador to Vietnam John McCullagh affirmed their support for Vietnam with focus on the areas of Ireland’s strength, contributing to further strengthening the two countries’ realations. Ireland will also bolster coordination with Vietnamese agencies and localities, including the MPI through joint programmes, being a bridge for Vietnam and stakeholders to tighten its collaboration.

Through the conference, the two sides were able to exchange ideas and seek cooperative initiatives in the future. Vietnamese businesses learned Irish experiences and 4.0 technologies. The state management agencies, experts, and businesses of the two countries discussed and proposed cooperation for the development of the two countries’ agriculture sectors in the future, and suggest a variety of future cooperative initiatives to boost the growth of agriculture in both nations./.

Bao Linh
Ministry of Planning and Investment

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