A variety of fertilizer brands and plant protection products will be showcased in Ho Chi Minh City, the organising board said on June 17.

The two-day Agro Vietnam 2015, which opens on July 16, is expected to see the attendance of more than 60 exhibitors and 2,500 visitors.

The event is co-organized by the Minh Vi Exhibition and Advertisement Services Company (VEAS), the China Crop Protection Industry Association (CCPIA) and the China National Centre for Information on Chemical Substances.

It is expected to serve as a bridge connecting domestic and international enterprises investing in the fertiliser and pesticides sector in the Vietnamese market.

Nguyen Xuan Hong, Director of the Department of Plant Protection under the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MARD) highlighted the demand for pesticides in Vietnam’s agricultural production.

He urged enterprises to invest in chemicals to make ripen fruits and preserve agricultural products.

Meanwhile, Tran Xuan Dinh, Deputy Director of the Department, said incentives will be offered to fertiliser importers to meet domestic demand.

A number of workshops will be held during the event to provide information on relevant regulations of the sector to potential investors.

According to the MARD, Vietnam has a demand of some 11 million tonnes of fertilisers for agricultural production.

In 2014, the country imported about 4 billion tonnes of fertiliser, worth 1.3 billion USD.-VNA