Vietnamese and foreign scientists sat together at an international workshop in Hanoi on December 5 to discuss scientific cooperation in agricultural engineering and post-harvest technology.

The workshop themed “Agricultural engineering and post-harvest technology for Asia sustainability” (AEPAS) offered an opportunity for scholars to present their research papers, exchange experience and seek cooperation opportunities in agro-forestry-aquaculture processing and preservation technologies.

Panels at the workshop discussed and evaluated the current situation and orientations to develop technology in production , scientific research studies and technology transfer, as well as the role of agricultural engineering for a sustainable Asia .

According to them, agricultural engineering and post-harvest technologies play a key role and are prerequisite conditions to attain the goals of rural agricultural modernisation, industrialisation and raising the competitiveness of agro-products.

The AEPAS is co-organised by the Vietnam Institute of Agricultural Engineering & Post-harvest Technology (VIAEP), the National Programme on Research, Application and Development of Post-harvest Technology, the University of Agriculture-Forestry of HCM City , the Hanoi University of Agriculture, and the Japanese Society of Agricultural Machinery and Food Engineers (JSAM).

The national programme aims to apply and develop advanced technologies to reduce post-harvest losses in Vietnam ’s agro-forestry-aquaculture products and medicine.-VNA