HCM City, Australia boost farm produce trading
18:58 | 30/08/2019

VGP - Ho Chi Minh City Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong met with Australian Senator and Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie in Ho Chi Minh City on August 30, where they discussed measures to boost agricultural cooperation.

Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong (R) presents a souvenir to Australian Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie

At the reception, Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said Ho Chi Minh City wants to learn experience in developing high-tech agriculture and organic agriculture from Australia, a world-leading producer of agricultural commodities.

Mr. Phong asked Australia to support local agriculture exporters to improve packaging and preservation of products while controlling quality and food safety to access the market.

He proposed the Australian minister support experience sharing activities in developing high-tech agriculture between the two sides and make it easier for the entry of fruits and farm produce of Viet Nam, particularly of the Mekong Delta and southeastern regions, to the market.

In turn, Australian Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie hailed Ho Chi Minh City as an economically dynamic city and said he values the cooperation between the two sides.

She said that Australia’s investment in and cooperation with Viet Nam, including Ho Chi Minh City, will grow further in the time ahead, especially in agriculture.

The bilateral cooperation in this field will also create a foundation for stronger collaboration in other realms such as environment and biological science research, she added.

She said the two countries’ agricultural products are being sold in the respective markets and are likely to increase in both quality and value.

As Ho Chi Minh City is a key destination in the Australia - Viet Nam agriculture cooperation strategy, the country is willing to share its experience and transfer technology to help the southern city ensure food safety as well as provide technical guidance for local farmers.

By Vien Nhu

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