Vietnam and Japan have agreed to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture.

An agreement to this effect was reached at a meeting in Hanoi on May 4 between Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and his Japanese counterpart, Yoshimasa Hyashi, who is on a working visit to Vietnam .

Under the agreement, the two sides will cooperate to increase agricultural production and productivity and promote agricultural diversification.

They also agreed to boost rural development; enhance farmers’ capacity in organising their production; and strengthen forest management and aquaculture development in a sustainable manner, and use sea resources effectively.

At their meeting, the two ministers highly valued bilateral cooperation over the past time, saying that the cooperation should be further strengthened in the coming time.-VNA