Festival to drive national rice trade hinh anh 1Harvesting rice in the Mekong Delta (Photo: VNA)

HCM City – Expanding the Festival of Vietnam Rice
Industry internationally will make it possible to showcase the rice production
potential, strength and quality, thereby driving national rice trade, heard a press
conference in Ho Chi Minh City on December 1 to introduce the Vietnam
International Rice Industry Festival – Hau Giang 2023 slated for December

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural
Development Hoang Trung said over the past years, Vietnam has achieved
significant milestones in rice production, making a crucial contribution to
ensuring national food security and maintaining its position as one of the
world’s leading rice exporting countries.

The festival will take place at
a time when Vietnam is aiming to become a leading nation in the production of
quality rice in a green and sustainable direction, he said.

Dong Van Thanh, Chairman of the Hau Giang provincial People’s
Committee, said the festival will be elevated to an international level for the
first time this year with a series of exhibitions and seminars on a larger

During the event, the Prime Minister will officially announce
the approval of a project on the sustainable development of one million ha of
high-quality rice cultivation with low emissions associated with green growth in
the Mekong Delta by 2030, thus conveying the Vietnamese Government’s commitment
to greenhouse gas emission reduction, which was declared by the PM at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, he said.

According to him, the festival will enable
organisations, localities, businesses and farmers to access new production
knowledge, technological advances and modern techniques applied in the overall
agricultural digital transformation and specifically in rice production.

It will feature a wide range of activities,
including seminars and contests which aim to arouse the desire to develop
agriculture and rural areas.

There will be more than 700 booths showcasing
products under the One Commune One Product (OCOP) programme, and culinary
delicacies from rice and the introduction of various types of machines and
drones that serve rice production.

One of the highlights of the festival is the
Vietnamese rice journey from December 11 to January 3 which is arranged to show
the development of the country’s rice cultivation from shortage of food to
become the second rice exporting country in the world./.