Prime Minister urges to enhance intensive processing in agriculture

Friday, 2020-02-21 17:17:02
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the conference. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)
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NDO – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has expressed his agreement on the idea of strengthening intensive processing in agriculture, hailing this as an important direction to help Vietnamese agriculture look toward the global market and address the problem of “bumper crops at low prices”.

Speaking at a video conference on accelerating farm produce processing and agricultural mechanisation on February 21, the Government leader emphasised that Vietnam’s agricultural sector still has great potential and it is possible to make rick from farming activities.

He touched on the country’s huge potential in terms of farm specialties, stressing the significance of continuously searching for and expanding markets and paying more attention to the domestic market.

To deal with the situation of low agricultural labour productivity, PM Phuc highlighted the need to strongly reduce labour in agriculture via the application of mechanisation, continue applying science and technology and researching new varieties of good drought and salinity resistance, and apply digital technology, biotechnology and mechanics to improve the product value and quality.

In addition to increase competitiveness of Vietnamese farm produce, he suggested continuing to reduce prices and costs, especially logistics and transportation costs, in addition to developing trademarks for agro-products and planning large-scale material areas.

The PM emphasised the vision of developing Vietnam’s agro-product processing industry which is striving to break into the world’s top 10 and become a global centre for intensive processing and farm produce logistics by 2030. Regarding the vision of developing agricultural mechanisation, he said by 2030, Vietnam will implement synchronous and modern mechanisation in some key industries, while improving the productivity, quality and efficiency, and reducing losses in agriculture.

A general view of the conference. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

To ensure the effective implementation of the aforementioned tasks, PM Phuc asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to promptly complete the building of the farm produce processing and agriculture mechanisation development strategy until 2030 and submit it to the PM for approval.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade was tasked with implementing the development strategy for Vietnam’s mechanical engineering industry, in which tractors for agricultural production and machines for cultivation, preservation and processing of agro-forestry and fishery products are prioritised for development investment.

The Government leader requested the Ministry of Science and Technology implement the national science and technology programmes to support enterprises, farmers and cooperatives in upgrading product processing and preserving technologies, in addition to developing a set of criteria on evaluating the capabilities of the farm produce processing and agricultural mechanisation industries.

The State Bank of Vietnam was told to direct credit institutions to balance capital sources for agricultural and rural development, while especially giving out incentives for businesses and investment projects in agro-product processing and agricultural mechanisation.