Japan to help modernise Vietnam's food technology

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The Japan International Agency (JICA) has signed the record of
discussion for a five-year technical cooperation project to help
strengthen food production and processing methods in Vietnam.

The Japan International Agency (JICA) has signed the record of discussion for a five-year technical cooperation project to help strengthen food production and processing methods in Vietnam.

This follows the Vietnamese government requesting the Japanese government to provide the institute with technical cooperation to raise capability of research in food technology and help modernise food processing technologies, mainly to small and medium enterprises (SME) in rural areas.

The project activities include analysing the characteristics of major Vietnamese processed farm products, transfer of basic and applied technology in microbiology and enzyme, and transfer of skills in analysis of ingredients and quality of food and improvement of production methods to SMEs.

The signing was made by Dr. Ngo Tien Hien, director of the institute, and Morimasa Kanamaru, JICA's resident representative in Vietnam, witnessed by deputy industry minister Nguyen Xuan Chuan and representatives of other agencies.

In a bid to reduce poverty in rural areas, the Vietnamese government is making efforts to promote stable growth of agricultural production and the steady operation of the food industry based on the diversification of farm produce.

In 1997, the amount of value-added products made by food processors was US$2 billion (€2.17bn), equivalent to 8.8 per cent of gross national product. The food industry accounted for 6.5 per cent of GDP in 1991, rising by 14 per cent annually in 1991-97. The industry's modest share of GDP can be attributed to the lack of modern food processing technologies and poor quality control.

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