Seminar seeks to improve quality of Vietnamese rice hinh anh 1Do Ha Nam, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Food Association, speaks at the workshop (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - A workshop was held in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on June 22 to discuss ways to promote links and share experience to raise the value of Vietnamese rice in the international market.

The event gathered representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Mekong Delta Rice Research Institute, enterprises operating in processing and rice exports, and market experts and researchers.

During the event, participants discussed and analysed bottlenecks, and proposed solutions to remove difficulties facing Vietnam's rice industry in its path towards sustainable development.

Vietnam is known as a powerhouse in rice exports with an annual average export output of about 6.3 million tonnes, accounting for about 15 percent of total global rice exports. Vietnamese rice has been shipped to over 150 countries and territories worldwide.

However, the country still meets obstacles  in exporting rice to high-end markets where food protectionism and inflation are on the rise.

Do Ha Nam,  Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Food Association, pointed out logistics difficulties facing rice exporters in the Mekong Delta region.

Participants also mentioned solutions and introduced technologies  to ensure the quality of rice after harvesting and processing.

While proposing solutions to increase logistics efficiency in rice exports, Do Thu Huong, Deputy Director of Marketing, Saigon Newport Corporation, stressed the need to improve transport infrastructure such as highways: Trung Luong - My Thuan - Can Tho; Ben Luc - Ho Chi Minh City - Long Thanh; and resolving bottlenecks in waterways and container ports in the Mekong Delta region.

It is also necessary to build effective policies to attract investors to develop logistics supply chains, and create favourable conditions for investors to have  land funds for planning regional logistics centres in the Mekong Delta, she said.

Market analyst Pham Quang Dieu said that banking,  shipping,  logistics and seaport partners should accompany the rice industry.

Partners with understanding of the rice industry can help the sector get the best opportunities from the market, he added./.