Vietnam and France have agreed to recognise hybrids made by scientists from each other’s country without re-testing.

The recognition is the main content of a bilateral agreement on plant protection signed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the French Plant Protection Agency in Hanoi on January 11.

The two countries also agreed to exchange seeds and plant varieties.

The agreement covers 80 plant strains such as rice, maize, potato and assorted flowers.

French experts said Vietnam has implemented a system of intellectual property protection regarding plant varieties which has encouraged gene research and protects the national gene heritage.

They expected that assistance for scientists and farmers will help the two countries gain speedy access to achievements in genes for sustainable agricultural production.

France ranks first in seed production and second in seed exports in the world, producing over 6,000 varieties annually, including 500 hybrids./.