Vietnam Attracts International Agricultural Technology Companies
The information has just been released at the webinar to share initial results from the program to promote innovation and investment in agricultural technology in Vietnam, organized by the Vietnam Digital Agriculture Association (VIDA), the Supporting Center for Youth's Startup (SYS), and the Australian Embassy in Vietnam, on Jan.11.
Speaking at the webinar, Australia's Deputy Ambassador to Vietnam Mark Tattersall said that innovation is one of the three important pillars in the cooperation relationship between Australia and Vietnam since 2000. In particular, innovation has been implemented into specific initiatives in the cooperation agenda between the two countries.
Mark Tattersall also said that in the agricultural industry, technology solutions are extremely important, can increase worker productivity as well as increase the resilience of businesses and people involved in the industry.
The GRAFT Challenge Vietnam is an important program in the cooperation between Vietnam and Australia. The program once again identified the importance of cooperation between the two countries.
Mark hopes that the solutions from the program, and the innovative research results, can be commercialized and help solve the specific problems of Vietnamese agriculture.
“The application of new technologies to solve or take advantage of the opportunities created by technology is a good model in the world. GRAFT is an opportunity for us to create connections, strengthen technology and innovation through international cooperation,” said Mark Tattersall.
According to Justin Ahmed, GRAFT program lead, GRAFT is funded under the Australian Government's Aus4Innovation Program to promote the testing of new models in public-private partnerships. It also strengthens Vietnam's capacity in digital forecasting, scenario development, commercialization, and innovation policy.
“The program has selected 9 international enterprises with innovative technology solutions in agriculture, to demonstrate and transfer to Vietnam,” Justin Ahmed said.
At the webinar, representatives of many international agricultural enterprises shared solutions for Vietnam's agricultural industry.
AgNext Technologies from India was selected by GRAFT with the solution to digitize the Qualix food quality assessment process. It is an artificial intelligence (AI)-based platform, that can quickly and accurately evaluate more than 40 physical properties and ingredients of dozens of foods.
“Vietnam's agricultural industry is at the peak of its digital transformation. AgNext wants to take advantage of this moment to bring AI-based rapid quality assessment and market linkage solutions to Vietnam's agricultural industry. From there, it fosters a transparent, fast, and secure commerce model across the industry,” said Subrat Panda, chief technology officer of AgNext.
|EveryPig is one of 9 businesses selected to participate in GRAFT Challenge Vietnam. Photo: GRAFT Challenge|
Chris Bomgaars, founder and CEO of EveryPig, said the company has developed a platform and mobile application to support livestock farms. Monitoring activities of pig production, veterinary services such as remote diagnosis and prescribing can all be done through the application.
The application also allows the digitization of farm inspection reports, helping producers improve operational efficiency. As of 2021, the company has expanded from the US market to Canada and Thailand, reaching a total of about 2,000 users and with millions of pigs tracked through the app.
“EveryPig sets an ambition to reach 50% of the total pig herd in Vietnam within the next 3 years. This solution has the potential to reach higher goals in the future”, said Chris Bomgaars.
GRAFT Challenge Vietnam is a program to find agricultural technology solutions to solve challenges for the agricultural industry in Vietnam. The program is designed to help promising innovative businesses globally access the Vietnamese market, put technology into practice and solve the most pressing challenges of the agri-food industry.
GRAFT is funded under the Australian Government's Aus4Innovation Program and the Ministry of Science and Technology to promote testing of new models in public-private partnerships. GRAFT strengthens Vietnam's capacity in digital forecasting, scenario development, commercialization and innovation policy.
During the implementation process, GRAFT Challenge Vietnam has received breakthrough solutions from agricultural technology companies from 16 countries around the world, including Vietnam, USA, Israel, Australia, India and Thailand, Indonesia.
In which, GRAFT Challenge Vietnam 2021, through a period of testing and selection, selected 9 foreign enterprises with innovative agricultural technology solutions to implement activities supporting access to the Vietnamese market.
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