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On November 23, in Hanoi, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) organized a meeting with businesses about participating in the International Festival of Vietnam Rice - Hau Giang in 2023.

Minister Le Minh Hoan gave speech at the meeting

Speaking at the meeting, Minister Le Minh Hoan said that after nearly 10 years, Vietnam organized the International Festival on the rice industry to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the re-establishment of Hau Giang province. The Festival is directly directed by the Prime Minister, with special emphasis on the international context. Vietnam is still one of the world's leading countries in food, importers come to Vietnam more often in 2023, which is also a year when international organizations and partners come to work with the Ministry with the hope of wants to support Vietnam to become a rice exporting country in the current uncertain world context.

“This Festival is not a trade fair, but a showcase of the structure of a rice industry chain from seed research, science and technology, mechanization in the fields, and application of smart technology in production. and biological products and products being produced in the field”, Minister Hoan shared.

The Minister expressed his hope that the business community will accompany and participate with the Ministry to make this Festival good. From there, rice trade will be accelerated and further promoted. Changing the image of rice in the direction of shifting from quantity to high quality, low emissions. The Government expects Vietnam to be one of the first countries in the world to develop the rice industry in a direction consistent with the trend of green growth, green economy, and circular economy.

According to Mr. Ngo The Hien, Deputy Director of Planning Department, this is the first International Festival for the Vietnamese rice industry in the context that  agriculture sector in general and the Vietnamese rice industry have created an image and strong impression with many notable achievements. Not only ensuring food security, Vietnam is a leading rice exporter in the world with about 6 million tons of rice each year. In the context of the current global food crisis, this achievement becomes even more meaningful.

In the first 10 months of 2023, Vietnam exported 7.3 million tons, reaching a turnover of 3.97 billion USD, up 34.9% over the same period last year. This is the right time to organize a Festival to introduce the achievements of the rice industry, the contributions of farmers, scientists, cooperatives, the business community, and the management role of the Central and local governments. direction. From there, we communicate the commitment of Vietnam's senior leaders to the world that Vietnam is a responsible country when participating in a transparent, responsible, and sustainable global food system. Through this, we mobilize international support for Vietnam to become a food innovation center in the region.

Opening ceremony of the Festival will take place at Hoa Binh Square, Vi Thanh city, Hau Giang province on the evening of December 11. The Festival series of events includes: Vietnam Rice Road Exhibition from December 11-15; Exhibition of Socio-Economic Achievements with OCOP products and products of provinces and cities nationwide; Rice Industry Value Chain Exhibition; Demonstration of mechanized sowing and circular agriculture model from straw on December 12; Hau Giang Province Young Professional Farmers Competition; Vietnam record setting organization; international conferences on food, rice market, science and technology innovation...

Mr. Ngo The Hien emphasized: The Festival's message is unique, professional, effective, highlighting the value of the rice industry and Vietnamese rice brand with the theme "Centennial Journey of Vietnamese Rice", through which image of culture and people of river regions in particular and the country and people of Vietnam associated with wet rice civilization in general will be clearly shown.

Through the International Festival of Vietnam Rice Industry 2023, organizers wish to promote Vietnamese rice to world friends, organize the signing of cooperation agreements between businesses, and sign memorandums of understanding. between countries and Vietnamese rice businesses. In particular, at the Festival there will be a signing ceremony between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the World Bank (WB) on implementing the Program of 1 million hectares of high quality rice, reducing emissions in the Mekong Delta. The final result is the gradual formation of the Vietnam Rice Association in the coming time./.