Can Tho aims to be hi-tech hub

Can Tho City plans to invest VND4 trillion (US$192.3 million) in hi-tech development by 2020 to become a hi-tech hub of the Mekong Delta region.

Seventy per cent of the capital will come from outside city funds.

The city plans to build research centres and laboratories, and conduct projects to apply research results to businesses. It will also transfer new techniques to farmers.

Initially, the city will build three hi-tech agricultural centres focusing on bio-technology, creation of new varieties and provision of high-quality products that meet international standards.

The centres will apply advanced agricultural techniques to produce high-quality rice, develop plant varieties, and promote key agricultural and fishery product processing and preservation.

In addition, the city will support enterprises in technology renovation in the fields of food preservation and processing, mechanical engineering, construction materials, chemistry, biology and automation.

IT applications in state offices will also be increased.

The hi-tech scheme calls for 14 projects on urban agricultural and ecological development and aquatic-product quality management.

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