EXTENSION OF THE MOU BETWEEN NVHBP AND VIETNAM MARD

After the last visit of  the Board of The Netherlands Vietnam Horticulture Business Platform (NVHBP) and its members to Vietnam in August 2022, the parties have agreed to extent the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Department of Crop Production, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam (DCP) and NVHBP in 2019 for another 3 years.

According to that, the Parties will continue to develop the collaboration between Dutch and Vietnamese commercial parties for generating and developing horticulture projects and making use of each other’s knowledge and expertise in the field of knowledge development and transfer.

The Parties aim to:

  • produce safe and healthy food by applying smart farming, such as pest and disease management and high cultivation techniques to protect the soil and groundwater conditions or restore and rehabilitate soil and water resources for agricultural use;
  • to shorten the food supply chain in order to secure ultra-fresh, safe produce for consumers and minimizing waste;
  • to increase the revenue and profit margins for farmers by minimizing waste and losses fresh produce after harvesting.

The Parties shall organize workshops and conferences to discuss the implementation of the principles and methods of sustainable farming, renewable energy, circular economy, food safety and corporate social responsibility.

Parties shall within the framework of the principles initiate and implement pilot projects and join efforts for raising funds for these projects.

Visit of Gia Lai to Agriterra and NVHBP

On Thursday 29 September, a delegation of Gia Lai province visited Agriterra and NVHBP. The delegation was received in the World Horti Center, the knowledge and innovation center for international greenhouse horticulture. During the visit, presentations were given by both Agriterra and NVHBP and a tour in which the delegation received more information and insight into the Dutch horticulture sector was done.

Happy Vegi visits Thai Binh Agri College and Lai Chau farmers

By September 2022, Happy Vegi, new Bronze Member of NVHBP has visited Thai Binh Agri College, Lai Chau farmers to explore the possibility to grow organic vegetables in the North of Vietnam.

Visit to Ban Me Cooperative-Dien Bien in September 2022

Ban Me High Tech Agricultural Cooperative is Member of NVHBP since 2019. They are in Ban Me, Dien Bien Province, which is around 500km or 8 hours driving from Hanoi to the North-West. Due to Covid, we could make the 1st visit to them only in September 2022. The cooperative is now growing tomato and plan to grow flowers for Tet 2023.

 

Welcoming and Farewell Reception for Dutch Agricultural Counsellors Willem Schoustra and Ingrid Korving, on Friday, 23rd September 2022 hosted by Dutch Ambassador H.E. Mr. Kees van Baar

WORKSHOP “EXPERIENCE IN UNIVERSITIES STRATEGIC COLLABORATION DEVELOPMENT: PRACTICAL LESSONS FROM THE NETHERLANDS”

On 22-09-2022, the representative of NVHBP has participated in the Workshop: “Experience in Universities strategic collaboration development: Practical lessons from the Netherlands” organized  by Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA) in collaboration with the Netherland partners (Wageningen University & Research, HAS University of Applied Sciences, Lentiz Education Group, Fresh Studio and Agriterra, financed by Nuffic of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the framework of the Project “Ẹnhancing performance of the horticultural sector in North and Central Vietnam” (OKP),

The goals of workshop are: Sharing experiences to improve the efficiency of training, researching, technology transferring through strategic collaboration with Wageningen University & Research (WUR), HAS, Lentiz, Fresh Studio, Agriterra, Government Organizations, NGOs, enterprises in Vietnam.

In the morning, there are some presentations:

Presentation 1 “Challenges Horticulture Sector”

  • Production challenges: technical & business knowledge & skills of producer organizations
  • Market challenges: market positioning & market requirements in the value chain
  • Environmental challenges: risks & mitigation

Presentation 2 “Orange Knowledge Project & Horticulture Innovation Centre

  • Objectives of the  Orange Knowledge Project.
  • Objectives of the Horticulture Innovation Centre at the Vietnam National University of Agriculture.
  • Partnerships projects with Education & Business, related to challenges in the horticulture sector.

Presentation 3 “The experiences in partnership projects with Vietnam National University of Agriculture, Agriterra and Vietnamese Cooperatives in the horticulture sector.”

And participants took a tour to Horticulture Innovation Centre.

In the afternoon there were Case studies Education & Business partnerships:

  • Planning & next steps
  • Formulation of concrete partnership projects in the horticulture sector, related to production, market & environmental challenges.
  • Formulation of key objectives, time planning and responsibilities

By Wageningen University: Project Manager and  HAS University Project Expert.

 

Online Forum – Connecting the consumption of Vietnam’s Agricultural Products in the Netherlands and the Nordic Countries

THE NETHERLANDS VIETNAM HORTICULTURE BUSINESS PLATFORM PARTICIPATES IN THE 8TH EXHIBITION ON SEEDS AND HIGH TECH AGRICULTURE, HOCHIMINH CITY 2022

On the morning of August 18, 2022, at the Biotechnology Center of Ho Chi Minh City, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development coordinated with the Department of Science and Technology, the Management Board of the Hi-tech Agricultural Zone of Ho Chi Minh City have held the Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition & Trade Fair on Seeds and High-tech Agriculture in 2022.

There are 315 booths of 140 participating units, from 22 provinces and cities, including: Hanoi, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Long An, Tien Giang, Vinh Long, Ben Tre, Soc Trang, Can Tho, Dong Thap, An Giang, Tay Ninh, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Kien Giang , Hau Giang, Lam Dong, Hai Duong, Lao Cai, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Quang Binh.

The exhibition showcased and introduced the city’s agricultural achievements, key products, OCOP products, outstanding plant varieties, livestock and aquatic products of enterprises, institutes, schools…; scientific and technological research results, machinery, equipment, modern technology, biotechnology…

The exhibition displays ​​agricultural products of the provinces and cities focuses on introducing typical OCOP products and highly effective plant varieties.

Within the framework of the Fair-Exhibition, many other practical activities took place such as contest-exhibition of ornamental fish; Workshop on “Improving economic value in city dairy farming”, “Agricultural economic thinking in the production and cultivation of seeds, young plants”, “Ornamental fish in production, access to the domestic market” and export”.

The fair will take place from August 17 to August 21, during which time people can freely visit and shop from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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Visit of the NVHBP delegation to UET-VNU

On August 12, 2022, Faculty of Agricultural Technology (University of Technology – Hanoi National University) welcomed the delegation of the Netherlands – Vietnam Horticulture Business Platform (NVHBP) in Hanoi led by Mr. Eijik – Chairman of the Platform, the Head of the delegation to visit and work at the University.

The working session by Prof. Dr. Le Huy Ham – Dean of Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Dr. Le Thi Hien – Vice Dean of Faculty and Dr. Pham Minh Trien – Vice Dean of the Faculty chaired.

Responding to the interest of the NVHBP delegation, Prof. Dr. Le Huy Ham introduced to the delegation about the educational, training and scientific research activities of the Faculty of Agricultural Technology in particular and the University of Technology in general. Based on the strengths of the two sides, the two sides discussed the prospects of cooperation in the development of digital agriculture and agriculture in Vietnam. Regarding training, initially, the NVHBP will base on University’s exisiting training program to organize online courses to increase the practicality for students. At the same time, creating conditions for students of the Faculty of Agricultural Technology to intern at enterprises in NVHBP. In addition, the Association will connect to spread information about the Conference on Application of Information Technology in Agriculture in the Asia-Pacific region (APFITA 2022) to members of the Association and partners. related work in the Netherlands. Thereby, the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Association’s representative discussed the direction of cooperation in the future in the field of agricultural technology.

Prof. Dr. Lê Huy Hàm (blue shirt)

Mr. Henk Van Eijik, representing the NVHBP’s delegation, expressed his pleasure to visit and understand more about the achievements and strengths of the University and the Faculty in training and scientific research.

Mr. Henk Van Eijik (white shirt)

In an atmosphere of open and enthusiastic exchange, the two sides discussed and agreed to make efforts to promote comprehensive cooperation between the Platform, universities and agencies in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands-Vietnam Horticulture Business Platform courtesy call to the Chairman of Lai Chau province

On the morning of 13/8/2022, The Netherlands-Vietnam Horticulture Business Platform had a courtesy call with the Chairman of Lai Chau province.

On the morning of 13/8/2022, The Netherlands-Vietnam Horticulture Business Platform had a courtesy call with the Chairman of Lai Chau province.

Attending the courtesy call from Lai Chau province were Mr. Tran Tien Dung – Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee; leadership representatives: Office of the Provincial People’s Committee, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Planning and Investment, Department of Foreign Affairs; Permanent representative of the Agricultural Products Association of Lai Chau province.

On the side of the Netherlands-Vietnam Horticulture Business Platform, there were Mr. Henk van Eijk – Chairman of the Association; Mr. Fokke Fracht – In charge of Finance; the Vietnamese secretaries, coordinators, representatives of members of the Association attended.

The scene of the courtesy call

At the courtesy call, Mr. Tran Tien Dung – Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee was pleased to welcome Mr. Chairman of the Netherlands – Vietnam Horticulture Business Platform (NVHBP) and the Delegation to visit and work in Lai Chau province. At the same time, reaffirm the diplomatic relationship and strategic partnership between Vietnam and the Netherlands.

Chairman of Lai Chau Provincial People’s Committee introduced to the Association about the potential and strengths of the province such as: Lai Chau has a natural area of ​​over 9,000 km2, of which agricultural land accounts for 58%. Lai Chau has many potentials and advantages for agricultural development with a large natural area, a forest coverage rate of nearly 51% and over 240,000 hectares of unused land; There are many climate sub-regions suitable for the development of precious medicinal plants, flowers, fruit trees… Currently, the province has over 9,000 hectares of tea, over 7,800 hectares of fruit trees, nearly 13,000 hectares of rubber, over 5,600 hectares of land.

Besides, Lai Chau province also has its own advantages such as having the Ma Lu Thang national border gate (which will soon be an international border gate) which is convenient for industrial development and border trade; is implementing the project of connecting road between Lai Chau city and Noi Bai – Lao Cai highway, the project of road tunnel through Hoang Lien pass connecting Sapa town (Lao Cai province) with Tam Duong district (Lai Chau province). and is calling for investment in the airport in the form of a public-private partnership (PPP). Along with the gradually improved infrastructure, many top policies in the country support investment in agricultural development, these are the things favorable conditions for Lai Chau to exploit and develop agriculture, tourism, agro-processing industry.

Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Tran Tien Dung affirmed that he is ready to welcome domestic and foreign investors, including Dutch investors, to invest and do business in Lai Chau province, especially in the field of agriculture. industry with the desire to receive and transfer production and processing projects, applying advanced science and technology, building a green, clean, sustainable agriculture, increasing productivity, product value, solving jobs, raise incomes, and improve the material and spiritual life of rural people.

Chairman of Lai Chau Provincial People’s Committee introduced to the Platform about the potential and strengths of the province.

Chairman of Lai Chau Provincial People’s Committee also introduced the potential in the mining sector of the province, which is rare earth with the largest estimated reserve in Southeast Asia (about 21 million tons) and expressed his wish that the Association With extensive experience and relationships with many Dutch and foreign investors, the Association will introduce Investors to explore investment opportunities in this field in Lai Chau province.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Henk van Eijk – Chairman of the NVHBP thanked the information shared by Chairman of Lai Chau Provincial People’s Committee. At the same time affirming, Vietnam is a friendly country, on the way of development, with many preferential policies for foreign investors; With the tradition of diplomacy and cooperation between the two countries, he expressed his desire to be willing to share experiences and cooperate with Vietnam in general and Lai Chau province in particular.

Emphasizing that the Netherlands is a strong country in the field of agriculture, especially cultivation, Mr. Henk van Eijk shared his willingness to help Lai Chau province in professional training; technical improvement; At the same time, he wants the province to share the province’s vision and plans on agricultural development in the future for cooperation and development.

Chairman of Lai Chau Provincial People’s Committee presented Mr. Henk van Eijk – Chairman of the NVHBP with specialty agricultural products, OCOP products of Lai Chau province.

At the end of the greeting, Chairman of Lai Chau Provincial People’s Committee and leaders of departments and branches presented the delegation with specialty agricultural products, OCOP products of Lai Chau province and took souvenir photos.

Previously, the delegation of the NVHBP went to survey a number of production models in Tam Duong district and Lai Chau city.