Northern province to work with Japanese investor in growing Japanese rice variety for domestic consumption and export.
The Seibu Nousan Company from Japan held a working session with the Ha Nam Provincial People’s Committee on November 3 regarding a high-tech rice manufacturing project.
Director of Seibu Nousan, Mr. Akira Ichikawa, said the company’s research identified the northern province as having a competitive policy to attract investment from Japan and favorable conditions for agricultural production. The company proposed the province allocate it 30-60 ha to conduct trials on growing Japonica rice (a Japanese variety) using technology and quality management processes from Japan. If the trial produced positive results the company would expand its scale and guide local farmers on growing the high quality rice.
Mr. Ichikawa also noted that with 30 years of experience in agriculture the company wishes to share advanced technology to improve rice quality to improve the health of Vietnamese people and meet export requirements. The company expects the province to provide the necessary conditions for the project to be implemented, in particular supporting it in obtaining a license to purchase rice from farmers for export.
The province agreed to allocate 50 ha in Hung Cong commune, Binh Luc district, and committed to investing in infrastructure such as roads, electricity supply, and irrigation networks for the project, introducing favorable policies and helping the company to complete the legal procedures for exporting rice.