A new modern hybrid rice research centre was launched in  Tan Thinh.The launching ceremony was held on the morning of August 14 in Tan Thinh Commune of northern Nam Dinh Province. The purpose of the new research centre was to reduce the Vietnam’s dependence on import to fulfill its demand. Infrastructure of modern hybrid rice research centre:

  • The centre covers of four hectares
  • It is equipped with the most modern facilities to serve scientific research on rice hybridisation.
  • First modern rice research centre built and operated by an international group in Vietnam.

A new modern hybrid rice research centre  was built at a cost of over VND30 billion (USD1.41 million) by Syngenta Group.  Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy, deputy director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Department of Science, Technology and Environment, said that currently Vietnam has around 7.8 million hectares of land devoted to rice cultivation, including around 700,000 hectares for hybrids.   “Despite being a major rice exporter, Vietnam has only been able to produce between 30% and 40% of available rice hybrid. This is not enough to satisfy domestic demand, and creates a need for imports,” Thuy noted. “The establishment of the centre will help Vietnamese researchers and scientists cooperate and gain access to gene sources from around the world, as well as apply modern technologies in agriculture. We expect that Vietnam will become an exporter of hybrid rice varieties in the future,” she added. “We decided to build the centre in Nam Dinh because the province holds certain advantages for rice production, and is a heart of rice production in northern Vietnam. We chose Vietnam because it is a second biggest rice exporter in the world and the importance of rice here goes without saying. We want to generate high-quality hybrid rice varieties for Vietnam and the world.”said Gloverson Moro, head of R&D Asia-Pacific at Syngenta [new_royalslider id=”9″]

The project is expected to complete in two phases.Phase one of the project involves importing rice varieties from centres operated by Syngenta from around the world. To date, two hybrid rice varieties are under development, and the centre is expected to produce two to three high-quality hybrids by 2017.

The second phase is expected to be realised in 2017.