‘When we say hi-tech, we think about Israel’

HANOI – Israeli technological and farming management expertise, coupled with a Vietnamese desire to improve the quality of a vast agricultural landscape, provide an ideal basis for increasingly strong collaboration between the two countries, a senior Vietnamese official told The Jerusalem Post.

“Cooperation has been enforced and strengthened year-by-year especially after high-level visits of agriculture ministers, including our minister [to Israel] in 2012 and recently the visit of your minister, Yair Shamir [to Vietnam],” said Tran Kim Long, director-general of the Vietnamese Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry’s international cooperation department, at his office in the country’s capital city on Friday.

Today, there are more than 2,000 Vietnamese students studying agriculture in Israel, particularly in the Arava, Long said. Meanwhile, more than 50 training courses have been conducted by Israeli farming experts visiting Vietnam, from which about 3,000 students have benefited, he continued. In addition, a dairy demonstration farm near Ho Chi Minh City, run by the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Mashav Agency for International Development Cooperation, provides local dairy farmers with access to modern milking equipment and know-how.

“This farming model has become a good farming model, not only for Vietnamese farmers but for the region,” Long said.  Continue reading…

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