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An Giang (VNA) – A delegation from the Swedish city of Pitea led by mayor Peter Roslund toured the southern province of An Giang from February 29 to March 2 under a framework of a cooperation programme between the two localities.

Deputy Chairman of the province People’s Committee Ho Viet Hiep said the two sides highly valued the outcome of a project on using by-products from rice crops, which was carried out between 2015 and 2017 with funding from the Swedish city.

According to Director of the An Giang- Pitea Project Managing Board Pham Ngoc Xuan, local farmers discard over 700,000 tonnes of rice husk a year, while 5kg of husk can produce 1 kW of electricity. At present two projects in the locality are under way to build thermo-electric plants fuelled by rice husk with total capacity of 10 MW.

The two sides agreed the plan for 2016 including three programmes on promoting the use of byproducts from rice crops to improve life quality for local people and training classes for milling firms on utilising rice husk and straw as fuels.

The An Giang People’s Committee and the government of Pitea City will also support local enterprises in participating in the Nolia trade fair in Sweden from August 10-13 this year.

The fair is expected to offer an opportunity for local enterprises to introduce their products to the EU market while promoting the province’s culture, cuisine, land and people.-VNA