Vingroup reported its investment plan to build a hi-tech agricultural center in Quang Ninh province to the Provincial People’s Committee on October 2.

The project will cover an area of 198 ha in Hong Thai Dong commune in Dong Trieu district and have total investment of VND650 billion ($28.9 million). There are two phases, with the first on 90 ha.

Vingroup will begin construction this month on a cleared area of 40 ha and aims to have harvested the first products of VinEco Quang Ninh by Tet next year.

The group will apply high technology at the center, including greenhouses, net houses, automatic irrigation systems, and environmental monitoring system for the land, water and the atmosphere, from Japan, South Korea, and Israel.

Deputy Chairman of the Quang Ninh Provincial People’s Committee Dang Huy Hau said the province believed the project will contribute to local agricultural development and he asked related departments and agencies in Dong Trieu commune to adopt quick solutions for handing over land for the project.

The group also began construction of a 24.5 ha greenhouse in northern Vinh Phuc province on August 28 with investment of VND1 trillion ($44.2 million), using Israeli technology and is the largest in Vietnam. The first fresh vegetables from the group became available on October 1, six months after production got underway at green houses in Cu Chi in Ho Chi Minh City and in southern Dong Nai province.