The Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) hopes to expand investment in agriculture in the northern province of Ha Nam, which has advantages for agricultural production.

The favourable transport system and proximity to Hanoi capital will create vast opportunities for the two sides to develop cooperation, said Hiroshi Chishima, a JETRO representative, during his working session with Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Truong Minh Hien on June 12.

He also highly valued the local investment environment and attraction policies, noting that 40 Japanese firms are making investment in the provincial industrial parks.

Local official said Japanese firms could lease land of farmers or allow them to contribute capital to realise agriculture investment projects, adding that the province will support the infrastructure building such as roads, electricity and irrigation system.

The locality has zoned off an area of 1,100 ha to grow vegetable and fruits at riverside regions which have favourable land, transport, irrigation, drainage and flood-drought-proof systems, he said.

Developing agriculture is defined as one of the key economic development tasks of the province to increase farmers’ income and modernise rural areas, he added, hoping that Japanese businesses will help the province to promote the application of science and technology in the field.

From last July, the provincial An Phu Hung company and the Japanese International H.B.C company jointly implemented successfully the model growing organic vegetable according to Japanese technology to serve domestic market and exports, he noted.

After the working session, Japanese businesses visited the organic vegetable and fruit growing model in Ly Nhan district.-VNA