The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 5.7 million tonnes by 2020, approximately 10 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions.

To realise this goal, the sector will apply environmentally-friendly farming techniques, Deputy Minister Le Quoc Doanh said in a forum in Hanoi on September 17.

The forum was jointly held by the ministry, the International Support Group (ISG), the Environment and Development Foundation (EDF), and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.

The ministry’s Department of Cultivation will examine measures for treating and reducing waste in rural areas to reduce CO2 emissions and increase economic efficiency.

Rice cultivation models in the Mekong Delta provinces of An Giang and Kien Giang have shown initial successes, with an average annual reduction of CO2 emissions of 7.7 tonnes and 45 tonnes per hectare, respectively.

They also helped protect water resources and ecosystems, in addition to yielding high quality produce, project director Tran Thu Ha said.

Agriculture produces approximately 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the National Strategy on Green Growth, Vietnam aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 8-10 percent during the 2011-2020 period.-VNA