Vietnam is looking to building a low-carbon rice industry through 2020, as heard during an agricultural forum in Vi Thanh city in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang on May 5.

The Mekong Delta region, the country’s largest rice granary, annually contributes more than 50 percent of the total domestic yield and 92 percent of the national rice export volume.

The industry emits a large amount of methane, which is known for its warming effect.

According to Phan Huy Thong, Head of the National Agricultural Extension Centre, local farmers have long run small-scale businesses with higher production cost and major negative environmental impacts.

Recently, advanced farming models have been applied and produced positive results across the region, he said.

Dr Chu Van Hach from the Mekong Delta Rice Research Institute proposed setting a national target of reducing 20 percent of total greenhouse gases by 2020, including the decrease of 9.46 million tonnes from cultivation alone.-VNA