The Vietnam Development Information Centre (VDIC) on Mar. 21 hosted a video-conferencing seminar on the green revolution and agriculture productivity enhancement.
Experts from of six countries – Vietnam, Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK), Indonesia, the Philippines and India debated modernising technological equipment used in agriculture, designing policies relating to the environment, the study of new rice varieties that can resist effects of climate change, as well as the shortage of farmland.
Delegates agreed that in recent years the major challenge for scientists was to ensure food security while preserving natural resources. In this context, the development of environmentally friendly cultivation technology and high-yield rice varieties adaptable to climate change is of great importance.
The seminar studied the experience of Prof. Kim Je-Kyu from the RoK, who introduced his research on rice varieties that can grow well in adverse climate situations such as floods.
An Indonesian delegate said the green revolution has encouraged scientists to become closer to farmers and stand by farmers in following the creative direction in agricultural production, through sharing experience and information.
Since 2009, thanks to scientific studies, up to 56 rice varieties that can resist insect attack and diseases have been transferred to many countries. Also, 106 varieties which have proven drought resilience have been sent to the International Network for Genetic Evaluation of Rice.
Source: VNA 21/03/2012 at http://en.vietnamplus.vn/Home/Seminar-promotes-agricultural-development/20123/25021.vnplus