On October 31, 2012, the ceremony of signing cooperation memorandum between the Northern Mountainous Agriculture and Forestry Institute (NOMAFSI) and the Rubber Research Institute of Vietnam (RRIV) was organized in NOMAFSI, Phu Ho, Phu Tho, Viet Nam.
At the ceremony, his excellency Mr Bui Ba Bong, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam stressed the importance of rubber as a valuable forestry and industrial plant for Northern mountainous region. He also expressed strong support from MARD for strengthening further the cooperation between NOMAFSI with RRIV, and also with other institutions and provinces for sustainable development of rubber in the region.
Dr. Le Quoc Doanh, the Director General of DCP, and leaders of northern mountainous provinces, leaders of the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) also attended the ceremony.
The ceremony remarked a dramatic step towards rubber development in the Northern Mountainous Region of Vietnam which will be followed by joint R4D activities in various aspects for rubber to bring stable economic and environmental benefits to the region. Among the main cooperation focuses are varietal development, adoption of environment-friendly production practice and development of value chain.