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Japanese-style farms for Can Tho

Released at: 17:58, 04/10/2017

Japanese-style farms for Can Tho

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Mekong Delta city to build farms with produce "Made by Japanese in Vietnam".

by Ngoc Chi

A Japanese-style farm will be built in the Mekong Delta’s Can Tho city with the goal of creating fresh, safe vegetables, fruit, meat, and eggs, and be managed by Japanese people, which is expected to open up bright new prospects for Vietnam and Japan.

Chairman of the Can Tho City People’s Committee Vo Thanh Thong met with Mr. Abe Masayuki, Director of the Human Resources Research Institute and Director of the Vietnam Agricultural Information Centre (VAIO), on October 3 to discuss what ideal farm models would be implemented in the city in the near future.

The focus is to build a system of agricultural engineering training centers and establish a basis for the rapid deployment of integrated farming systems being implemented by Japanese agribusinesses.

Such systems include organic farming methods, refrigeration systems, frozen preservation techniques, stable harvesting techniques, and improved product quality.

Mr. Masayuki said that the model farm would be built with the slogan “Made by Japanese in Vietnam”. It’s believed that with the cooperation of the two governments, the project will create a new brand in agriculture.

Initially, the project will cover about 2 ha on the campus of the Can Tho College of Economy and Technology, using capital from the Japanese Government and private enterprises from both countries. The Japanese side will help train Vietnamese agricultural experts in Japan.

Products harvested at the model farm will be available in Vietnam and exported to other Southeast Asian countries and Japan.

Japan has been always one of the important partners of the Mekong Delta. Investment promotion and trade links with the country are major targets for cities and provinces in the region, especially Can Tho.

In addition to nearly ten Japanese projects, the city is also preparing for upcoming investment promotions, such as inviting Japanese partners and enterprises to come to the city and organizing conferences, seminars, and fairs promoting the Delta’s products.

Can Tho is focusing on inviting investment from Japan in high-tech agriculture and logistics. This is a strength of Japan but a limitation in Can Tho and elsewhere in the Delta. In addition to policies in accordance with the government, Can Tho will apply many other policies to support Japanese investors.

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