Authorities of provinces and cities in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta pledged to reduce at least 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the agricultural sector by 2030 during an event on Tuesday.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam led a delegation to attend the opening of the first Mekong Startup Forum in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on Tuesday afternoon.
The event saw the attendance of nearly 400 businesses and authorities of provinces and cities in the region.
Vietnam has set a goal to become a country that produces and provides food in a transparent, responsible, and sustainable manner, Tran Thanh Nam, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said at the forum.
Green production, low emissions, high-valued products, and circular ecological application play an important role in the 2021-30 period, Nam continued.
"Green agriculture and emission reduction in the Mekong Delta are considered an important orientation toward sustainability,” the official continued.
Emissions from the food sector currently account for 19 percent of the country's total, thus priority should be given to reducing such emissions.
|Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam attends the Mekong Startup 2022 in Dong Thap Province, Vietnam, December 20, 2022. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre|
Deputy Prime Minister Dam assessed that Mekong Startup 2022 was the first technology-related forum with the participation of the innovation and startup community in Dong Thap and neighboring provinces in the Mekong Delta.
Vietnam has commitments and national plans toward sustainability, reflecting its responsibility for the global environment and determination to ensure food security for its population as well as for the world in general.
On this occasion, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and leaders of 13 Mekong Delta provinces signed a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the agricultural sector.
The goal is to strive to cut at least 30 percent of total methane emissions by 2030 compared to 2020 in farming and animal husbandry activities.
From 2023, there will be a strong shift in farming and animal husbandry activities in the Mekong Delta by encouraging the application of clean technology and creating all favorable conditions for people, businesses, and organizations to participate in the reduction of methane emissions.
From 2024, the region will end the burning of agricultural waste and by-products through the improvement and wide application of technologies.