Sri Lanka, Vietnam to boost agricultural co-operation

HANOI, July 15, 2011 (AsiaPulse) – Vietnam and Sri Lanka have
agreed on a number of measures to strengthen bilateral
cooperation, especially in agricultural development. During talks between Vietnamese Minister of Agricultural and
Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and Sri Lankan Minister of
Agriculture Mahianda Yapa Abeywardana in Hanoi on July 13, the
two sides reviewed the implementation of a memorandum of
understanding on agricultural cooperation signed in November,
2006 and discussed future plans of action.

Vietnam and Sri Lanka agreed to boost cooperation in
research and the exchange of experts in agricultural science
and technology as well as boost agricultural product trading.

The two countries will cooperate in exchanging gene pools
and scientific information on black peppercorn, coffee,
rambutan, rice and mushroom.

They will jointly develop suitable food and agricultural
product processing technologies for rural areas under Hazard
Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Global Agricultural
Practice (GAP) standards.

The two countries’ scientists will visit pest management and
organic agricultural development models as well as study