Initial negotiations have been begun for a Bilateral Agreement for Agricultural Development between the Government of Vietnam and the Government of Sri Lanka.

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A preliminary discussion was held at the Ministry of Agriculture yesterday (24) regarding entering in to a bilateral agreement for an agricultural technology exchange program between the governments of Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

This discussion was held with the participation of high officials of the Ministry of Agriculture including Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera Hon. Minister of Agriculture and the Ambassador of Vietnam to our country Hon. Mrs. Ho Thi Thanh Truc.

Mr. Gunadasa Samarasinghe Secretary of Agriculture, Mrs. Malathi Parasuraman Director General of Department of Agriculture and Additional Secretaries also have participated for that occasion.

Specially, the new agricultural technology is widely used for the agricultural sector of our country at present. However, in order to get higher results from it, the country's farmers should continue to use new agricultural technology.

However, Agricultural technology is widely used in Vietnam. Vietnam has achieved a higher effectiveness in the sectors such as Agricultural research, new seeds with higher yield, animal husbandry, minimizing post-harvest losses.

Therefore, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera Hon. Minister of Agriculture has mentioned that the government is giving priority to further expanding the agricultural technology currently used in our country.

The Minister has mentioned that it is extremely important to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the exchange of agricultural technology between the Government of Vietnam and the Government of Sri Lanka and also mentioned that the government has been able to create a wide awakening in all sectors under the current government by avoiding the difficulties that existed in the past.

The ambassador who has commented here mentioned that Vietnam has introduced many varieties of paddy that can produce the highest paddy yield in the Asian region, and that many countries in the world are following the new technology in agricultural sector of Vietnam. She has also mentioned that if Sri Lanka gives priority to agriculture and fisheries sector like Vietnam, it can face the food crisis well.

She has also stated that Vietnam has introduced a road map for the development of agriculture from 2021-25, which will enable many future goals to be achieved.

The Minister of Agriculture who has commented in here mentioned that when Sri Lanka was standing close to the self-sufficiency level in rice and paddy production as well as many other additional crops, the country had to face the current drought situation.

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