Biotech Updates

Ministry Wants Hi-tech Agriculture Zones

May 4, 2012

Vietnam targets to promote the use of advanced agricultural technologies and develop more high agricultural zones toward 2020. To this end, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Deputy Minister Bui Ba Bong will set to finalize and submit a plan for high tech agricultural zones to the Vietnam government for approval in June. Some biotech projects are already being implemented in Ho Chi Minh City and some others in Hanoi, Lam Dong, Phu Yen, and Nghe An.

"However, although there is already an existing policy or Law on High Technology for the promotion in these industries, detailed guidelines are still lacking," Deputy Head of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment Nguyen Tan Hinh said. Deputy Minister Bong added that "hi-tech agriculture is a complicated industry and hasty, massive development should be avoided." Hopefully, the upcoming plan that also includes the missing guideline will help increase the application of modern technology in agricultural production in accordance with the scheme approved in 2010.

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