Vietnamese agro-scientists sell seeds to earn a living 16/01/2015, 10:41:46 AM (GMT+7)

(VietNamNet Bridge)-Most research institutes and agronomists have unwillingly become “marketing experts” or “seed sellers” to earn money to live and conduct scientific research.

Dr. Do Nang Vinh, chair of the Scientific Council of the Agricultural Genetic Institute, while affirming that agro-scientists have to take on different kinds of jobs, from producers to sellers, noted that this paradox only exists in Vietnam.

“Such a thing cannot be seen elsewhere in the world. In Vietnam, scientists can do everything, from creating new varieties, introducing the varieties to farmers, organizing trial production, to building up the large-scale production models and selling seeds,” Vinh noted.

“They have to do all kinds of jobs to make money,” he added.

In developed countries, this is undertaken by seed firms, while research institutes are only in charge of inventions and providing materials and genetic sources.

The scientists in these countries own the copyright on their inventions. Seed firms have to pay royalties to them to have the right to exploit the inventions for commercial development.

However, Vietnamese scientists cannot follow such a procedure.

“If you give the new varieties to others, your inventions will be in vain,” he said.

“If so, you will not have any other source of income, except the modest salary paid by the State,” he explained, adding that creating seeds and selling seeds is the major source of income of many generations of scientists.

A lecturer at the Hanoi Agriculture University noted that the research institutes’ achievements are “measured” by the number of new varieties created.

In most research projects, scientists are required to create new varieties, and they only have three to five years to do that. Meanwhile, Vietnam now seriously lacks scientific research works.

“Scientists are requested to create new varieties with their specific characteristics,” the lecturer said. “Meanwhile, genes and hereditary characteristics have been ignored. This explains why Vietnam can create many varieties, but cannot make any breakthrough.”

Vinh, in an interview given to Dat Viet newspaper recently, noted that when scientists have to spend time to advertise their inventions and sell products, they would not have time and energy to create.

He warned that the unreasonable pay for scientists had led to lower quality of scientists. The low pay does not allow research institutes to attract talent.

Professor Nguyen Van Hieu has said in the past that he fears that Vietnamese scientists may be “issueless”.

A report shows that rice yield in Vietnam has increased by 95 kilos per hectare, and rice varieties make up 30 percent of the increase. Thus, Vietnamese scientists created $66 million from new rice varieties alone.
LED lighting technology not popular in Vietnam New waste incinerator model poised to take off in Ha Tinh HCMC to crack down on SMS spam Efficient rice farming to curb emissions Nine impressive science-technology events in 2014 announced
Other News
Renewable energy resources gauged Nuclear power development is a long-term strategy Vietnamese people ill-prepared to enter nuclear era Hanoi moves to become nation’s high-tech hub GM crops targeted to make up 30-50% of cultivation Genetically-modified technology no magic wand for Vietnam’s agriculture Japanese firm provides funds for water purifier Map some noise: how your smartphone can help tackle city sound pollution VN's internet company valued at US$1 billion Vietnamese mobile startups focus on games
New technology to combat illegal wildlife trade in 12/05/2015, 07:54:01 AM (MOITRUONG.COM.VN)-WildScan, an endangered species identification and response mobile phone application, was launched in Vietnam today to provide local law enforcement officials with an effective tool to combat wildlife trafficking.
Waste importers to pay security deposits 08/05/2015, 08:19:13 AM (VNS)-Individuals and organisations that import waste materials for production purposes must pay security deposits up to 20 per cent of the imported goods' value from the middle of next month.
Buddhist monk spends life saving rare bamboo speci 04/05/2015, 08:31:56 AM (VNS)-Buddhist bikku (monk) Thich The Tuong has been working hard to turn his one hectare farm into a bamboo conservatory on the Son Tra Mountain, which protects over 110 bamboo species.
Viet Nam's elephants on brink of extinction 27/04/2015, 09:15:46 AM (VNS)-Experts and conservationists are calling for increased funding and efforts to save the dwindling number of elephants in Viet Nam.
Grievous misuse of environmental protection fees 27/04/2015, 09:03:01 AM (VIR)-An attempt to misuse environmental protection fees collected from miners was uncovered by a Vietnam Minerals Coalition survey.
Most viewed
© Copyright 2007-2011 Vfej.vn
Designed and developed by Ovem!Software
Management Agency: Vietnam Forum of Environmental Journalists
Address: 22/A2, Lane 49, Linh Lang Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi-Vietnam
Tel: (84-4) 37628933 - Fax: (84-4) 37628933
Publishing License: No. 513/GP-BC issued on 22/11/2007
nâng mũi hàn quốc, may photocopy, thẩm mỹ hàn quốc, răng sứ, implant, thợ mộc tại hà nội, nâng ngực thẩm mỹ