The workshop on "Applying new technologies for Vietnam - Japan agricultural value chain development" is held in Hanoi on May 29. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Benefits of applying Japanese agricultural technologies in Vietnam were discussed at a workshop in Hanoi on May 29.

Nguyen Hong Son, Head of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, said Vietnam’s agriculture is shifting its focus from quantity to quality, stressing science and technology are key to the process.

Advanced technologies ought to be applied throughout the production chain from field to market, he added.

Japan’s agricultural technologies are suitable to Vietnam and will help boost bilateral trade, as Vietnamese farm produce exported to Japan must meet quality demand from the market, Son noted.

“The quality of a product is based largely on its production technology,” he said.

Participating Japanese businesses introduced a number of new technology features, including bio-products, aquaponics, organic fertilizers and insecticides, and heat-control materials.

Koichiro Abe, CEO of Raycean Inc., said high-tech farm produce is sold at high prices in Japan.

Technologies and marketing strategies could multiply the value of agricultural products, he said.

Vietnam-Japan trade is on the rise in recent years, particularly concerning fruits and vegetables.

Japan is now the second biggest importers of  Vietnamese fruits and vegetables, after China.-VNA