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Taking precision farming to Vietnam

CRE’s Dr Carmen Hubbard and Dr Ankush Prashar from AFRD and Professor Matt Gorton and Professor Fred Lemke from Newcastle University Business School have spent a fruitful week in Southern Vietnam.

A very successful week was spent delivering training to staff and postgraduate students at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, and presentations to the Institute of Agricultural Science for Southern Vietnam and the Research Institute for Biotechnology and Environment at the Nong Lam University, as well as taking part in research field work in Da Lat, Lam Dong Province.  Da Lat is widely known for its vegetable and cut flower production and UNEW team had the opportunity to meet and discuss with a variety of stakeholders, including representatives of a reputable research centre and both small-scale and large-scale farmers and local authorities. This Newton funded project brings together social and natural scientists from both UK and Vietnam, and seeks to enhance value added in the agri-food sector, with a particular focus on the fresh fruit and vegetable production. Emphasis is placed on the potential role of precision agriculture for improving yields and the quality of output as well as improved supply chain standards to enable farmers and marketing cooperatives to achieve better prices on both local and international markets.

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published on: 2 March 2017