Vietnam seeks to strengthen agricultural ties with Japan

By Bao Cam, Thanh Nien News

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President Truong Tan Sang (R) gifts lotus seeds to officials at Ibaraki Agricultural Studies Center during his visit to Japan ending March 19
President Truong Tan Sang expressed Vietnam's desire to boost agriculture cooperation with Japan during his recently concluded visit to that country.
He was in Japan from March 16 to 19.
On Sunday he inspected some agricultural facilities in Ibaraki Prefecture northeast of Tokyo.
Meeting with Masaru Hashimoto, the governor of Ibaraki, on the first day, Sang said he hoped for "comprehensive cooperation" in agriculture between the two countries.
“It is the reason why I chose Ibaraki, known as an excellent place for agriculture in Japan,  as the first stop on my trip,” he said.
He wanted to study agricultural techniques and the way agriculture production is undertaken in Japan, he said.
He hoped more Ibaraki companies would invest in Vietnam and said Vietnam was ready to provide the best possible conditions for Japanese partners to do business in the country.
Earlier he visited the prefecture's agricultural center in Kasama city, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.
After being received by Hashimoto, he visited some strawberry greenhouses.
He then went to nearby Ibaraki city to look at farming machinery, including unmanned drones for spraying agricultural chemicals.
Ibaraki and Vietnamese officials signed a memorandum to strengthen agricultural cooperation, under which the former will send agricultural engineers to and accept farming interns from Vietnam, NHK reported.

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