HAU GIANG About 300 enterprises from across Viet Nam will attend the nation s first international Rice Festival from November 26-30 in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang.
The objective of the festival is to honour the independent development of rice culture in Viet Nam and the importance of the crop to the Vietnamese civilisation and its economy.
The festival will showcase the scientific and technical applications in the cultivation of rice, the expansion of the rice trade and building a brand name for the local product.
The event will include 20 international seminars on exporting and promoting rice, traditional fairs and an awards ceremony to honour innovate farmers.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation, International Rice Research Institute and representatives from rice importing countries will attend the festival.
They will introduce the latest farming techniques and market research and sign contracts with Vietnamese enterprises.
According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Bui Ba Bong, over recent years, Viet Nam has exported 4 to 5 million tonnes of rice a year.
This year, the figure could reach 6 million tonnes, an all-time record. For the first nine months of this year, Viet Nam exported more than 5 million tonnes worth US$ 2.3 billion.
From a country once suffering from famine, Viet Nam has become the second largest rice exporter in the world. VNS