|Delegates at a press conference to introduce Vietnam’s first international rice festival in Ho Chi Minh City__Photo: VNA
The first ever international rice festival will be held in the Mekong Delta province of Hậu Giang from December 11 to 14.
Speaking at a press conference held in Ho Chi Minh City to introduce the festival on December 1, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Trung said the festival with the theme “Green Rice for Life” seeks to promote the development of high-quality rice production and improve the value chain towards green growth, ensuring food security and safety and climate change adaption in the delta.
It is an opportunity for Vietnam to showcase its potential, production strengths and quality of rice, and send a message to the world about a responsible country, he said.
The festival will feature an exhibition showcasing various kinds of rice, products made under the One Commune One Product Program, delicacies made from rice, and machinery and drones that serve rice production.
There will also be a rice-themed road set up along Xa No Canal in the province, depicting the country’s journey from being an importer of the grain to becoming the second largest exporter.
There will also be seminars, contests, and many other activities.
The event will enable organizations, localities, businesses, and farmers to access new production knowledge and scientific and technical advances in digital transformation, Trung added.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh is expected to announce the approval of a project for developing one million hectares of high-quality, low-carbon rice production associated with green growth in the delta by 2030.
The project will fundamentally change the rice value chain in the Mekong Delta in particular and Vietnam in general, Trung said.
Dong Van Thanh, chairman of the Hau Giang Province People’s Committee, said around 200 international guests from 39 countries and territories and 14 foreign media agencies have registered to attend the festival.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam exported 7.75 million tons of rice in the first 11 months of the year earning USD 4.4 billion, up 36.3 percent year-on-year.- (VNS/VLLF)