The working session between Can Tho authorities, a delegation from Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology and the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology on June 14 (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – Leaders of Can Tho city had a working session on June 14 with a delegation from Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology and the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology to discuss coordination in implementing a project on smart agriculture and food safety using artificial intelligence.

Prof. Hirofumi Tanaka from the Kyushu Institute of Technology said the project focuses on researching a complete smart agriculture system and gradually developing the algorithm of artificial intelligence.

The research results will be transferred to and applied in Can Tho city in the Mekong Delta region, the southern province of Tay Ninh and the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, he added.

Assoc. Prof. Mai Thanh Phong, Rector of the HCM City University of Technology, expressed his wish that Can Tho authorities will help researchers access financial support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

He proposed Can Tho city build a greenhouse system serving high-tech agriculture, adding that the Japanese side and the university will invest in technology and personnel training.

Appreciating the project’s feasibility, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vo Thanh Thong pledged that his city will create the most favourable conditions for scientists to build a modern research, testing and technology transfer centre in the agricultural sector, thus assisting Can Tho in expanding the export of its farm produce to Japan.

Can Tho boasts strength in fruits and rice. However, it has not yet had any opportunities to cooperate with Japan as the country only imports litchi and dragon fruit, he said.

Through the project, Can Tho wishes to improve its agricultural products such as mango, banana and orange to meet strict quality requirements in choosy markets like Japan, Thong noted.-VNA