Visitors at a booth displaying hydroponic vegetable farming at the fifth seeds exhibition. (Photo: VNA)
 
HCM City (VNA) - The fifth seeds exhibition opened on June 22 in HCM City with over 350 booths set up by business groups, research institutes, schools, farms, co-operatives and businesses from around the country.

It has seven areas for showcasing agricultural materials, farm machinery and equipment, ornamental fish, bonsai, VietGap fruits and vegetables, seeds, aquaculture and livestock brood stock, and the city’s agricultural achievements.

Tran Tan Quy, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and head of the event organisation board, said the fair is organised to showcase high-quality and high-yield seeds and animal and seafood brood stock.

It is also aimed at creating an opportunity for localities, businesses, and co-operatives to meet, compare notes, and explore business opportunities in agricultural production and trading and promote Vietnamese agricultural brands, he said.

Through the event the city hopes to enhance investment and trade promotion in the agricultural sector, helping make the city a leader in the production and supply of high-quality seeds and animal and seafood varieties to other cities and provinces.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Le Thanh Liem, Deputy Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, hailed the achievements of scientists and businesses in creating new seeds and animal brood stock and urged them to develop more production models and seeds and brood stock suitable for local conditions.

Several seminars, conferences and orchid and bonsai competitions will be held on the sidelines of the event.

The expo, organised by the department at the Biotechnology Centre in District 12, will run until June 26.-VNA