Ha Noi wants Asia Foundation to help boost urban agriculture

Friday, Feb 22, 2019 17:20

Farmers tend to their vegetables in Hoai Duc, a suburban district of Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Vu Sinh

Ha Noi is willing to co-operate with Asia Foundation to promote urban agricultural production, said Chairman of Ha Noi Nguyen Duc Chung at his meeting with Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Viet Nam Michael DiGregorio.

Speaking at the meeting in the capital city on Thursday, Chung said he appreciated the operational efficiency of the Asia Foundation’s projects in Ha Noi. He said its urban agricultural development projects had contributed to improving people’s living standards.

Chung emphasised the importance of the group’s projects and the need for them to be expanded.

“We are willing to receive investors in the fields of production and social security,” Chung said.

He said the capital city was always looking for new expertise and advanced technologies that would aid its efforts to develop into a smart city and improve the lives of residents.

“In the past three years, Ha Noi has made progress in food safety, clean vegetable growing and husbandry, helping to meet the consumption demand of local residents,” Chung said. “We are boosting tree planting programmes to minimise air pollution.”

“The city has also been installing air and water pollution monitoring stations, applying advanced waste treatment technologies,” he added.

Michael DiGregorio introduced his foundation’s strengths and interest in financial support for low-income earners, air quality assessment, urban agricultural development and supplying clean vegetables.

The US-based Asia Foundation is a non-profit international development organisation committed to improving lives across Asia. It has operated in Viet Nam for 20 years and has carried out 23 programmes in various fields. — VNS

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