GTZ Hanoi, in collaboration with Goethe Institute Hanoi, will hold Potato Days in Hanoi from January 18 to 21 aiming to introduce images demonstrating the challenges, history and chances of future development of potatoes in Vietnam.
Potatoes are an important product in Vietnam. It is estimated that more than half a million tons of potatoes are sold in the country per year.
The Vietnamese and German governments have launched a project of promoting the production of potatoes in Vietnam, with a commitment of four million euro by Germany and corresponding capital of EUR1.8mil from Vietnam for a projected ten year plan to raise potato production and consumption.
The project of promoting the production of potatoes in Vietnam began in 2000 in some northern provinces such as Son La, Lao Cai, Tuyen Quang, Ha Tay, Nam Dinh, Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang and Hai Phong.
Under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s guidance, the project concentrates on introducing technology of increasing potato growth, speeding up seed germination, fostering progressive seed registration processes, hastening quarantine and recommending sector policy.
The target of the project is to increase income in small producing households as a result of better planning, and ensure efficient processing and updating of documents issued by the ministry.Texts and films will be presented at the Potato Days to help visitors understand the source of potatoes and to learn about the rural areas in Nam Dinh Province. Potato art and culture also will be stated.
Food from potatoes such as chopped and fried potatoes, boiled potatoes, ground potatoes and Nikugato will be served by famous restaurants in Hanoi.