Laos, Vietnam boost agricultural development cooperation
Two ministries in Laos and Vietnam are continuing to enhance cooperation on agriculture and rural development for food security and commercial promotion.
Officials from Laos' Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam last week met in Savannakhet province to discuss further cooperation in agriculture-forestry and rural development.
The cooperation will continue in relation to animal breeding stock and plant seed research, sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures, human resource development, and trade and investment promotion.
The commitment was made in an agreement signed by Laos' Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Vilayvanh Phomkhe, and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, Dr Cao Duc Phat, along with officials from both sides.
The agreement also spells out the commitment of the ministries to complete cooperation projects that remain unfulfilled. Relevant officials from provinces located along the Lao-Vietnamese border also attended the meeting.
Both sides reviewed the various cooperation projects and tasks spelled out in an agreement signed in July last year in Quang Binh province, Vietnam.
The cooperation projects in Laos include an agricultural development and commercial production project in Dong Phosy and Thapha-Nongphong, Vientiane; the Lao Agriculture, Rural and Farmer Development Strategy Project; the Agricultural Techniques Service Centre Construction Project in Xieng Khuang; and the Nam Hang Irrigation Construction Project in Huaphan. Exchange visits, information exchange, human resource development, animal and plant quarantine, crop growing and animal husbandry, and investment cooperation were also the focus of discussions at the meeting.
The gathering between the ministries is held every year in either Laos or Vietnam.
This year, the two sides will focus on promoting new agricultural techniques to people in rural areas as well as joint project proposal writing for potential donors.
Laos is still in need of more cooperation and assistance from neighbouring countries and international organisations in agriculture and forestry development to help shift from self-sufficient production to commercial sales in the future.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update August 14, 2013)