Venezuelan and Vietnamese governments expand agricultural cooperation map.

A delegation of the Venezuelan Government led by the Minister of People’s Power for Communes and Social Movements, Jorge Arreaza, met this Wednesday in Caracas with representatives of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, with the shared vision of deepening the cooperation ties maintained by the two countries.

“We have to learn and deepen from Vietnam’s experiences. The first sector where we have to become aware is the food production sector, re-boosting the relationship with the country and with the parties that can give advice and follow up so that the plans develop. To take greater steps in economic and political matters,” highlighted Minister Arreaza during the meeting, accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Asia, Middle East and Oceania, Capaya Rodriguez, and the Deputy Minister of Communes and Social Movements, Fernando Rodriguez.

The three focuses of this relationship with the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences aim to test various processes that can give results in non-traditional areas. Such as the state of La Guaira; to influence research with the Agricultural Research Institute of Venezuela. It will allow a relevant advance so that the seed brought to Venezuela can be tropicalized and work for cultivation in various areas; and develop other benefits in addition to agriculture, such as livestock.

For the Vietnamese ambassador in Venezuela, Le Viet Duyen, it is relevant that the Ministries of Communes, Agriculture, and Foreign Affairs cooperate with the Vietnamese academy to boost the agricultural sector between both parties.

“We at the Embassy are working for the Academy to promote competent contact and communications in Venezuela, as the results have strength for the happy life and future of the country,” the diplomat added at the meeting.

Nguyen Hong Son, president and director of the Project Cooperation for Rice Development in Venezuela (2016-2019), pointed out that “we must continue to move forward” so that the Bolivarian country can have the possibility of self-sustainability in the future thanks to the product.

The Vietnamese delegate presented concrete proposals. To start the second phase of the project, which covers bilateral agreements, seed generation system, and contribute to the research so that Venezuela can generate the seeds and produce its rice in the future.

“The seed has high yield and quality. However, it is necessary to advance in the second phase so that the seed does not lower its efficiency […] We wish to come to Venezuela to see the result the next time, to achieve more success, and to contribute to the development and economy of the future”, he commented.

On the other hand, the president of the Fund for Socialist Agrarian Development (Fondas) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Cruz Martinez Ramirez, explained the difference between the cultivation techniques of both countries, highlighting that the Asian country’s process is more feasible in terms of economy. According to the specialist, Venezuela uses between 100 and 120 kg of seeds per hectare, while Vietnam only between 60 and 80 kg, which generates better results.

Caracas and Hanoi maintain a close bilateral cooperation alliance in different areas, especially agriculture.

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