Cuba Looks to Boost Rice Production with Vietnamese Support
- Submitted by: manso
- Business and Economy
- 06 / 16 / 2011
2011.06.15 - 14:01:56 / radiorebelde.icrt.cu. HAVANA, CUBA.- Cuba is expected to boost rice production through a cooperation project with Vietnam that includes advisory and training services and technology transfer.
According to statements by the head of the Program’s mission, Bui Van Duong, to Prensa Latina, as a result of the agreement, Cuba’s Grain Research Institute (IIGranos) will count on new technology provided by Vietnam.
Bui Van Duong said the project entails an increase of investments to strengthen IIGranos’ research capacity and to give a boost to the production of rice seeds and specialized rice growing, as well.
The Vietnamese specialist said small machinery and equipments from his country used in the production of rice and other grains will be introduced in the island as part of the agreement.
Bui Van Duong, who recently participated in the Fifth International Meeting on Rice and the First Symposium on Grains, is a researcher of the North-Central Technical Sciences Institute of Vietnam. Since 1970 up to the present, he has been involved in rice research and rice production advisory.
Vietnam’s interest in intensifying collaboration efforts with Cuba, particularly in rice production, was stated at the 27th session of the Intergovernmental Commission for economic, technical and scientific collaboration between both countries.
Rice is grown in several Cuban provinces with encouraging results as the yield per hectare is increasingly higher.
Cuba imports from Vietnam a wide range of products including rice, textiles, shoes, computers, appliances and coffee.