Vietnam won three out of 23 awards presented by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for its achievements in releasing mutant plant varieties and contributions to increased food security and sustainable development.

The o utstanding achievement award was granted to the Vietnam Agricultural Genetics Institute, which has worked with IAEA and domestic research institutions to create a number of flood-proof and high-yield rice varieties since the 80s.

T he Institute of Agricultural Science for Southern Vietnam and the Centre for Nuclear Techniques in Ho Chi Minh City secured an achievement award in mutation breeding.

Meanwhile, Ho Cong Cua and Tran Tan Phuong from the Soc Trang Department of Science and Technology also received the same accolade.

The one-off awards were to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Joint Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.

They were announced d uring the 58th regular session of the IAEA General Conference, which concluded in Vienna, Austria, on September 26./.