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Vietnam confident of food security following Russia-Ukraine tensions

Vietnam said the country's food production capacity is sufficient for national food security.

Vietnam has affirmed that domestic food supplies are sufficient to meet the country's needs amid global uncertainties, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson told a press conference on November 3.

Rice is packaged for export. Photo: The Hanoi Times

The Vietnamese Government always sees national food security as one of the top priorities to guarantee the country’s sustainable socio-economic growth, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang said.

“Vietnam produces a total of 41-43 million tons of grain and 6.5 million tons of meat each year, thus guaranteeing sufficient food supplies for the domestic market,” she said.

"Vietnam has contributed significantly to maintaining global food security as one of the world's leading agricultural exporters," Hang said.

“As one of the members of the United Nations and international community, Vietnam is always willing to share practices and experiences in food security,” the spokesperson said.

"We hope that all nations will work together to handle the problems that arise," she said in response to local media about Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba's comment on the collapse of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

On October 29, Russia declared to stop the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which was signed in July 2022, as it accused Ukraine of attacking the Crimean seaport of Sevastopol and threatening the Black Sea Fleet.

Dmytro twitted on October 30 that Russia’s withdrawal from the grain initiative “blocks two million tons of grain for Algeria, Yemen, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and others.”

On November 2, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that Russia would continue participating in the initiative. The latest development has helped export nine million tons of grain from Ukraine, curbing world grain prices amid hostilities between Russia and Ukraine.