A seminar was held in Hanoi on December 18 to review the operation of a six-year Canada-funded project on food safety and market expansion for Vietnamese agricultural products.

The Food and Agricultural Products Quality Development and Control Project (FAPQDCP) was implemented during the 2008-2013 period by the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department and local stakeholders with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

It aims to improve food quality and safety and expand market sharing of Vietnamese agricultural products by applying good processing practices and strengthening management ability, food safety control and market accessibility.

From its success, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development are now expanding the model to a broader scale through a project to develop a safe food chain in a bid to ensure the quality of farm products for consumption and export.-VNA