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Can Tho (VNA) – The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho wishes to deepen cooperation with New Zealand in the farming sector, especially clean agriculture, in order to raise the locality’s export value of safe agricultural products, said Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vo Thanh Thong.

At a working session with New Zealand Ambassador Haike Manning in Can Tho on August 15, the official said his city is facing difficulties in ensuring food safety, particularly clean agricultural products.

Therefore, he said, the city needs New Zealand’s cutting-edge production, preservation and processing technologies.

Highlighting collaboration between Can Tho and New Zealand in trade and education, Thong said the two sides still holds substantial potential for cooperation.

Can Tho welcomes New Zealand’s efforts to facilitate the affiliation between the two sides’ businesses, he said, noting the city’s hopes that New Zealand will help universities based in the locality with personnel training in a bid to meet the labour demand of the locality and the Mekong Delta at large.

Ambassador Haike Manning said Vietnam and New Zealand are targeting a strategic partnership in the time ahead, adding his country wishes to enhance the collaboration with the Southeast Asian nation.

He said New Zealand has developed the world’s leading food safety system and up to 80 percent of its farm produce have been shipped abroad.

New Zealand can help Vietnam in animal husbandry, fruits and vegetables, and intellectual products, he said.

At the working session, the two sides also compared notes on climate change in the Mekong Delta region.-VNA