Vietnam, Netherlands boost cooperation in agriculture hinh anh 1Dutch experts speak at the event (Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – Vietnam and the Netherlands are natural partners in agriculture, especially hi-tech agriculture, since they have complementary strengths, experts told a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on November 14.

Mirjam Boekestijn, Secretary of the Netherlands-Vietnam Horti Business Platform, said agriculture is an important sector in both countries. Vietnam has large areas for farming and favourable conditions for growing a wide variety of crops, while Netherlands has experience in using technology in agriculture.

Despite its limited land for farming, Netherland is the world's second largest agricultural producer due to large investment in infrastructure and technology, which has improved its productivity, she added.

Dinh Minh Hiep, head of the Agricultural Hi-tech Park of HCM City, said Vietnam has great export opportunities through its free trade agreements, but the small, scattered nature of its agriculture and the difficulty in monitoring food safety are problems it faces.

For sustainable development and to improve efficiency and quality, its production needs to be more focused and hi-tech, he said. Thus, hi-tech agriculture is among the top priorities for the city.

Both countries have huge potential in the vegetable, flower and fruit segments, and tying up with leading Dutch agriculture businesses will offer Vietnamese businesses a good opportunity to acquire technologies, especially in the areas of cultivar research, harvest, storage, and processing, he said.

Representatives from business to the event said lack of land and resources is a big hurdle to adopting technology in agriculture, and the Government should help businesses in this regard.

The conference was organised by the Agricultural Hi-tech Park of HCM City, Saigon Innovation Hub and The Netherlands Vietnam Horti Business Platform./.