International Mekong Delta agriculture festival opens hinh anh 150 outstanding businesses in the delta were awarded the “creative agricultural science” medals (​Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – The International Agriculture Festival and Fair of the Mekong Delta region opens in Can Tho City on March 9, featuring nearly 150 domestic and international exhibitors.

The five-day event includes 300 booths displaying agriculture-related products and technologies.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Van Tung said that the festival aims to create opportunities for scientists, inventors, enterprises, cooperatives and farmers to seek investment cooperation to branch out while promoting Mekong Delta agriculture.

Some 50 standout businesses in the delta were awarded the “creative agricultural science” medals at the ceremony. The award honours enterprises and individuals who made remarkable achievements in the search for and production of high-tech equipment for agriculture.

The festival also includes 14 seminars on using technology to improve productivity and quality and a programme to connect suppliers and buyers of agricultural technologies and equipment.

In addition, cultural and entertainment activities are scheduled during the event such as a cooking contest and an Ao ba ba (Vietnamese silk ensemble) contest.

The Mekong Delta, which has a city and 12 provinces, plays an important role in the country’s agrarian economy, accounting for 80 percent of rice exports and nearly 60 percent of seafood shipments.-VNA