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Vietnam, Netherlands to boost agricultural cooperation

Dutch businesses have shown interest in Vietnam’s agriculture sector in general and the vegetable processing industry in particular as the industry has grown well in recent years.

The statement was made by Dutch Agricultural Counsellor in Vietnam Arie Veldhuizen at a recent conference in Hanoi to connect Vietnamese and Dutch agricultural businesses. The conference was organised by the Netherlands Embassy in Vietnam and saw the participation of some 150 enterprises from the two countries.

Veldhuizen said Dutch companies, such as De Heus, Friesland Campina and PejaVietnam, were interested in investing in Vietnamese agriculture.

According to an assessment of the Netherlands Embassy in Vietnam, the bilateral relationship between Vietnam and the Netherlands is a win-win situation in which Vietnamese enterprises and farmers can learn about and utilise advanced technology to improve their competitiveness.

The growth in agriculture is not only attributed to the efforts of Vietnamese enterprises but also Vietnam’s Government, which is showing increasing concern about the development of chain goods and has been investing in modern machinery and technology to increase the value and quality of products, Veldhuizen said.

However, many opinions suggest that Vietnam's agricultural sector is still limited in the application of advanced cultivation techniques, and logistics services for harvesting and preserving have gained little interest of local investors. Developing the value chain, on the other hand, needs large investment by enterprises and policy support from the Government.

According to Veldhuizen, to develop the agricultural sector towards the value chain, it is important to link businesses together. As businesses of many countries meet, they can explore and exchange new opportunities for cooperation in future.