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India seeks agricultural opportunities in Vietnam
Publication Date : 03-10-2012
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday said the country always welcomed and facilitated Indian enterprises to cooperate and invest in agriculture in Vietnam.
He made the statement while receiving Indian Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, who arrived for an official working visit to Vietnam yesterday.
Dung said he highly valued the great results achieved in the meeting between Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and Pawar, and affirmed that the country would work with India to boost bilateral relations.
Dung said he wanted the two ministries to continue conducting effective implementation of their cooperative agreements, especially in development of biological technology, post-harvesting technology, hybridisation and aquaculture and fisheries processing.
Pawar said India always supported the two countries' cooperation and appreciated Vietnam's role in the region and the world.
He said that during his talks with Phat, the two sides agreed to improve their cooperation in the future, especially in planting of crops, livestock husbandry and aqua culture and fisheries processing.
He expressed his hope that the Vietnamese Government would support and create favourable conditions for cooperative activities between Vietnam's Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry and India's Agriculture Ministry.
Earlier, Phat and Pawar agreed to join hands in developing and applying science and technology in cattle and poultry breeding, new rice variety research, animal and plant quarantine, and in training agricultural experts.
The two ministers reached consensus of creating the most favourable conditions for Vietnamese and Indian enterprises to invest and do business in each other's countries.
Phat said Vietnam had learnt much from India's experiences in agricultural production as well as received its assistance in building a rice research institute in the Cuu Long Mekong Delta, or also known as Mekong.
India was ready to provide technical assistance and welcome Vietnamese staff to study in India, said agriculture Pawar.