APSA Vietnam Rice & Corn Study Tour September 29 to October 5, 2024 / Vietnam

APSA’s Special Interest Group for Field Crops is excited to invite all APSA members to attend the “Rice and Corn Study Tour in Vietnam.” This special event is organized by the APSA SIG Field Crops Committee in collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Vietnam. The study tour will take place from September 29 to October 5, 2024.

This tour is designed to provide participants with new insights into rice and corn seed production, and offers the opportunity to exchange practices and knowledge with institutions and seed companies in Vietnam. The itinerary includes comprehensive programs spanning from south to north Vietnam, including visits to leading field crop and seed companies, live field demonstrations of mechanized direct seeding and harvesting technologies, and explorations of new technologies in corn (GM, silage, and more). Highlights include visits to the Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute (CLRRI), IRRI Vietnam, the Maize Institute, and the Vinaseed Processing Factory.

This event is for active APSA members ONLY


  • The participation fee for the study tour is $2,200 USD per person
  • Registration Fee covers meals, local transportation in Vietnam (including bus and one-way airfare from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi), entrance ticket fees and hotel accommodations.
  • Please note that the maximum number of participants is 20.
  • Delegates are responsible for their airport transfers in Vietnam and their round-trip travel between their home country and Vietnam.


  • Registration open now until 15 August 2024
  • APSA will require 4-6 weeks to finalize certain required documents from the Vietnam Governmnet for all participant


29 September Participants arrive in Ho Chi Minh City & travel to Can Tho
  Arrival of participants to Ho Chi Minh City
Car travel to Can Tho City (3.5 hours)
Overnight stay in Can Tho City
30 September Join Live Field Demo on Mechanized Direct Seeding and Harvesting Technologies and Visit Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute (CLRRI)
06.30 – 08.00 Leave the hotel in Can Tho to Soc Trang province 
08.00 - 09.00 Hung Loi Cooperative, Long Duc Commune, Long Phu district: Live Field Demo on Mechanized Direct Seeding on 1 million ha farming of high quality and low emission rice.
09.00 - 10.00 Travel from Long Phu district to Tran De District, Soc Trang Province
10.00 - 11.30 Live Field Demo on Harvesting Technologies and exchange with Soc Trang DARD (Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development).
11.30 - 13.30 Travel Tran De District to Thoi Lai District, Can Tho City
13.30 - 14.30 Lunch
14.30 - 16.30 Meeting and field visit at Cuu Long Rice Research Institute (CLRRI)
16.30 - 17.30 Return to hotel in Can Tho City
Overnight stay in Can Tho City
1 October Visit Rice Miller and Vinaseed Processing Factory
08.00 - 09.00 Travel from Hotel in Can Tho City to Thot Not District, Can Tho
09.00 - 11.00 Visit Trung An High Technology Rice Miller
11.00 - 12.30 Travel from Can Tho to Thap Muong District, Dong Thap Province
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch on the way
13.30 - 15.30 Visit Vina seed processing factory
15.30 - 18.30 Travel from Vinaseed to District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
2 October Program to organize by Syngenta Vietnam
08.00 - 09.30 Travel from HCMC to Dong Nai
09.30 - 11.30 Visit corn and rice seed dealers and silage corn 
11.30 - 13.00 Lunch hosted by Syngenta 
13.00 - 15.00 Travel to Tan Son Nhat Airport
15.00 - 17.00 Take flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi
Stay overnight in Hanoi Capital
3 October Meet with Thai BinhSeed and Visit Hybrid Rice Field in Nam Dinh
07.00 - 09.00 Travel Hanoi-Thai Binh Seed
09.00 - 11.30 Meeting with Dr. Tran Manh Bao, Chairman of Vietnam Seed Trade Association (VSTA) cum CEO of Thai Binh Seed Group, visit miller of Thai Binh Seed
11.30 - 12.30 Lunch
12.30 - 14.00 Travel to Hai Hau District, Nam Dinh
14.00 - 15.30 Visit Hybrid Rice Field and exchange with Nam Dinh DARD
15.30 - 17.30
Travel Nam Dinh-Trang An Eco Agri Tourism Site in Ninh Binh
Stay overnight in Trang An, Ninh Binh
4 October Visit Trang An Eco Agri Tourism Site in Ninh Binh and Meet with Maize Institute
08.30 - 11.00 Visit Trang An Rice Eco tourist Place in Ninh Binh (agriculture eco tourist, UNESCO World Heritage) 
11.00 - 13.30 Travel to Maize Research Institute
14.00 - 15.30 Have a meeting with Maize Research Institute 
15.30 - 16.00 Visit IRRI Office
16.00 - 20.00 City Tour, Dinner, Shopping
Stay overnight in Hanoi
5 October Participants depart from Hanoi to home country
  Departure of participants