Post-harvest management of rice urged Viet Nam needs to focus on improving post-harvest practices in order to garner greater benefits for farmers and make Vietnamese rice more competitive in the world market, experts said at a conference in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Soc Trang on Thursday. Apart from the rice strains that are cultivated, post-harvest processing has a large bearing on rice quality, they said. Several speakers at the conference noted that rice quality has indeed improved in Viet Nam in recent years because of improvement in rice strains and the application of modern technology in farming and post-harvest activities. If farmers can better access the best practices in rice production, there will be an increase in production as well as the quality of the rice, they said. Previously, Thailand accounted for 80 per cent of the rice imported by Hong Kong, but since 2010, this has dropped to 60 per cent. The market share of Vietnamese rice, meanwhile, has increased to 18 per cent from three per cent. One of the reasons for the growth is the improvement made in rice quality, speakers said. Pham Van Tan, deputy director of the Southern Institute for Agricultural Engineering… Read full this story
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