Three more agricultural parks to be built in Vietnam

2863760967 5ffe0bf754One of the main objectives of agricultural parks is to introduce new technology to farmers. (Image source: Marion Doss/Flickr)Vietnam plans to build three more agricultural hi-tech parks in Ho Chi Minh City to apply new technology and introduce new plant species and transfer technology to farmers or agriculture enterprises

The first park was established in April 2010 in Cu Chi district, some 70km from Ho Chi Minh City. One park will be located adjacent to the Cu Chi Park, the second will be in Can Gio District and the third in Binh Chanh District, according to official sources.

“Building agricultural hi-tech parks is vital,” said Tu Minh Thien, deputy director of the management board of Ho Chi Minh City Agricultural Hi-Tech Park.

The key objective of building these agricultural hi-tech parks is to introduce new technology to farming activities and helping farmers build trademarks for their agriculture produce, he added.

“With lessons learned from the Cu Chi agricultural hi-tech park, we’ll try to build new parks suitable and practical to farmers. We want the three new parks to be able to apply some of the advanced technology, including the regeneration, water saving and information technology,” Thien said.

These parks would also act as sites for university students to visit and study new technology on modern agricultural production.

“In these parks, we'll try to develop new high quality products for farmers while developing viable production models, such as the farm-to-forks supply chain.”

The investment cost per hectare in the park is about US$380,000, according to authorities.

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