International partners have pledged to assist Vietnam in restructuring its agricultural sector, following an action plan unveiled by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat in Hanoi on August 29, prioritising cultivation, animal husbandry and seafood.

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has provided technical assistance to the ministry on the development of the scheme.

The organisation will give support on institutional reform, climate change adaptation, science and technology, the formulation of sustainable regulations on goods and services, and the implementation of effective agriculture and food systems, FAO Vietnam representative Lan Huong said.

Nguyen The Dung, a representative of the World Bank in Vietnam, said the bank is backing a “Sustainable agriculture transformation in Vietnam” (VnSAT) project.

The WB proposes that in future the project focus on rice production in the Mekong Delta and coffee in the Central Highlands, as well as enhancing the restructuring of the agriculture sector and supporting initiatives for the sustainable production of these crops.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Government has funded the implementation of a technical and policy support project to restructure agriculture in Vietnam .

The country is committed to supporting Vietnam in the field, Canadian Ambassador David Devine said, noting that incentives in agriculture, particularly in the field of advanced technology and environmental services, would attract more Canadian investors.-VNA