Agricultural restructuring in focus

10:29 | 21/01/2016 Society

(VEN) - The agricultural production restructuring project has failed to yield positive results in more than two years of implementation, said Dang Kim Son, a rural and agricultural policy consultant, during an interview with Vietnam Economic News’ Nguyen Hanh.

Agricultural restructuring in focus

Mechanized and computerized agricultural production improves productivity and value

What positive results have there been in more than two years of implementation of the agricultural production restructuring project?

What should be noted for the period is that the agricultural production has seen a shift from quantitative to qualitative, in other words, from basing on local raw materials and price competitiveness to new production techniques and technologies.

Many large-scale goods-oriented production models have been applied, especially in the south. For example, the large-scale rice field model has been piloted in the Mekong Delta, vastly improving farmer-business and production-market links. In addition, several domestic and foreign corporations and groups are interested in the local agriculture.

However, the periodical restructuring of agricultural production has failed to see positive changes in terms of production technology, organization and market development.

How about measures to boost the application of science in agriculture?

The application of new technologies in agriculture is part of Vietnam’s focus, but to create a healthy market for advanced technologies requires Vietnam to make great efforts.

Domestic and foreign suppliers of new and advanced techniques and technologies should receive more incentives. Foreign companies should be encouraged to invest and bring advanced technologies into Vietnam and should receive incentives such as corporate tax exemptions and preferential land rental; meanwhile, domestic institutes of science and technology should have favorable conditions to focus on research and development.

Farmers, businesses and localities as buyers of newly-developed techniques and technologies should receive incentives including financial and technical support, technological information provision, preferential land rentals and corporate tax rates.

Vietnam has managed to create goods and service market relations, but has failed to set up relations in natural resource and labor markets. Meanwhile, scientific achievements which are regarded as high-valued goods should need a healthy market mechanism, which is a challenge to the domestic policy makers.


Nguyen Hanh