Laos’ Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in co-ordination with Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) organised a seminar on developing agriculture between the two countries in Vientiane, Laos on May 15.
Present at the event were Lao deputy minister of Agriculture and Forestry Typhom Malak and Vietnamese deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Bui Ba Bong, Vietnamese ambassador to Laos Ta Minh Chau, and scientists.
Lao deputy minister Typhom Malak briefed his guest on limitations of Laos’ agriculture such as the inadequate development of irrigation and the limited application of science and technology in cultivation and breeding, which result in low output.
Therefore, he said, reinforcing agricultural cooperation with Vietnam is a good chance for Laos to gain experience, push the growth of cultivation and breeding and ensure food security.
Deputy minister Bong said Laos has advantages for developing the agricultural sector, which will help it provide enough food for the domestic market and exports.
Both sides also proposed solutions to strengthen cooperation between Vietnam and Laos in training human resources, exchanging experience on science and technology, and applying advanced achievements in cultivation and breeding.