Promoting agricultural and fishery cooperation with the Indian state of Kerala

From November 7 to 10, 2021, the delegation of the Vietnamese Embassy in India led by Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau paid a working visit to the southern Indian state of Kerala at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. state donation.

While working in Kerala state, the Vietnamese Embassy in India coordinated with the Kerala State Government to organize 4 sessions to discuss and exchange opportunities for investment cooperation, business, and trade promotion in various fields. fields with great potential for business cooperation such as agriculture, processed foods, seafood, information technology, cooperation in tourism and education.

Attending the Conference were Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan, State Premier (equivalent to Provincial President); Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Industry and Information Technology of the state (equivalent to the director of the Department); Leaders of Agricultural University, University of Kerala, some large corporations and enterprises of Kerala state – India.

On the Vietnamese side, there were Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau, Commercial Counselor Bui Trung Thuong and some officials of the Vietnamese Embassy in India directly attending in Kerala state; Attending online from Vietnam were Mr. Nguyen Anh Minh, Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, representative of the Southern Investment Promotion Center – under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Leaders of Pepper Association, Rubber Association, Cashew Association, Leaders of Trade, Investment and Tourism Promotion Center of Kien Giang province and Can Tho city, representatives of Can Tho University.

Kerala is the southernmost state of India and is currently the only state in India led by the Communist Party (CPI – M). Kerala has 580 km of coastline, mild climate with annual temperature from 20 to 32oC. With a favorable geographical position and climate, agriculture, forestry and fisheries are the strength and mainstay of the state’s economy. Kerala’s main crops are rubber (accounting for over 50% of India’s rubber production), coffee and tea, cashews, coconuts, ginger and pepper. Kerala supplies valuable woods such as ebony, rosewood and teak; bamboo, wood pulp, charcoal, gum and plastic; leading in seafood production of India with main products such as tuna and mackerel.

At the discussion, the two sides shared cooperation opportunities in the fields of agriculture, agriculture and fishery, including trade exchange and investment cooperation to promote the potential and strengths of Kerala and Vietnam. especially in the field of food processing industry; wishes to sign a cooperation agreement between Kerala and a province and city of Vietnam like Kien Giang. At the same time, educational cooperation is also an area that the two sides can soon deploy when Can Tho University can send students to a short-term study at a University in Kerala to train knowledge, improve language skills. Brother; Besides, professors and lecturers of the two sides can teach each other’s students, coordinate scientific research, both face-to-face and online.

Mr. Nguyen Anh Minh, Deputy Director General of International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam shared information about cooperation in the field of agriculture between Vietnam and India in particular and cooperation in the field of agriculture. framework of ASEAN – India in general, and at the same time discussed the potential of cooperation between the two countries in the coming time.

The representative of the Southern Investment Promotion Center – under the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam presented the actual situation and results of attracting foreign direct investment into Vietnam in general and the southern provinces and cities. In recent years, although the Covid-19 pandemic has had a strong impact on investment capital flows in the world, the amount of foreign investment capital into Vietnam has been maintained. Foreigners have made important contributions to Vietnam’s import and export turnover.

Ms. Nguyen Duy Linh Thao, Director of the Center for Investment Promotion, Trade and Tourism under the People’s Committee of Kien Giang Province shared cooperation opportunities in the agricultural sector, including cooperation programs to develop aquaculture. , drip irrigation, hybridization, cooperation in the fields of agricultural training, high technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, high-tech agriculture, education; cooperation in developing human resources in the fields of agriculture, healthcare, construction, restaurants…

Concluding speech at the seminar, the Prime Minister of Kerala state affirmed his desire to strengthen cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, investment and education with Vietnam to further deepen the strategic partnership. comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and India, especially on the occasion of the two countries’ 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations and would like to welcome the Vietnamese leader to visit Kerala state during his visit to India. Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau thanked the State Premier for the warm welcome and said that he would direct functional ministries in the embassy to set up working groups to coordinate with domestic and state agencies. Kerala to promote, support and realize the recommendations and proposals made in the workshop.

Vietnamese businesses are interested in opportunities to cooperate in farming, processing and investment cooperation with Kerala state and with India in general in the field of seafood and agricultural products such as pepper, cashew nut, rubber , Coffee and Coconut, please contact the Vietnam Trade Office in India via Email:

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