Vietnam, China boost agricultural cooperation development

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday received Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China Han Changfu in the capital city of Hanoi. 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China Han Changfu (Photo:VNA)

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China Han Changfu (Photo:VNA)

At the meeting with the Chinese leader, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc appreciated the friendly relationship and cooperation between the two ministries during the past 70 years, especially the recent practical results since the two sides co-signed a number of documents on agricultural trade which brought the great development of the two states’ trade relations over the past time. 

Currently, Vietnam is the biggest trade partner of China in ASEAN bloc. 

With the advantages, the Vietnamese PM suggested that the both sides needed to foster agriculture and rural development in order to deepen the relationship between the two countries.
He proposed that the partner would support agricultural technician training, continue cooperation and propaganda for fishermen of the two countries to clearly understand and implement a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in releasing and protecting aquatic resources in the Gulf of Tonkin.
In addition, he proposed to strengthen cooperation in handling issues of fish vessels and fishermen, continue to promote the process of negotiating and signing an agreement on the establishment of hotlines for unexpected maritime incidents of fishing activities between the two countries. 
On the same day, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held the Vietnam-China cooperation in production and consumption of tea and coffee forum.

Vietnam is respectively the world’s seventh and fifth biggest country on tea production and export, and the world’s second largest state on Robusta coffee export. 

The country’s tea products have been exported to 61 countries and territories while coffee products have been exported to more than 80 countries and territories. 

According to Mr. Han Changfu, China has a huge consumption demand of tea and coffee with a population of 1.4 billion people. However, the country is only the 12th largest coffee import market and the fourth largest tea import market of Vietnam with its turnover of over US$ 109 million and nearly US$ 20 million respectively.

BY PHAN THAO- PHUC HAU- Translated by Huyen Huong

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