Representatives from G2G, SAM Agritech, and Plant and Food Research pose for photo in avocado orchard

SAM High Technology Agriculture JSC (SAM Agritech) in Dak Nong Province, in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam, is expanding their agricultural production and processing operations into avocados. Plant and Food Research, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute with impressive expertise in fruit production technologies, signed a three-year technical assistance programme on 20 July 2018 with SAM Agritech. The project will improve the productivity and quality of Dak Nong’s fresh and processed high-value avocados.

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Dr Emmet McElhatton, Commercial Manager, G2G says “there will be huge opportunities for Dak Nong’s avocado sector as a result of this innovative partnership. This is the first time New Zealand and Viet Nam have signed such a co-investment funding model."

“As a Dak Nong-based company who has specialised in sustainable agricultural projects, SAM Agritech has made considerable investment in the local avocado value chain. This partnership is an important milestone…in developing the avocado industry of Dak Nong,” Ms Nguyen Thu Hoai, Chairwoman of Sam Agritech said.

Dr Emmet McElhatton - G2G, exchanging agreement with Mr. Vu Tuan Hoang - SAM Agritech

The new model is being delivered as part of an agreement that was signed between G2G Know-How, Plant and Food Research, SAM Agritech and Dak Nong People’s Committee during Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visit to New Zealand in March 2018. 

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New Zealand’s agriculture sector operates without subsidies and relies on highly efficient small farms to drive agricultural output. Efficiency gains now enable New Zealand to feed a global population the equivalent of some 70 million people.

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