11:24 | 09/01/2017 Science - Technology
(VEN) - The development of high-tech agriculture is an inevitable trend. Hanoi should plan high-tech agricultural zones with complete infrastructure, technologies, machinery and equipment to attract more businesses and investors in agriculture.
The Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Head of Division of Crop Production Nguyen Thi Thoa said that Hanoi has an agricultural land area of more than 157,200ha, accounting for 46.8 percent of the city’s total area. Total value of agricultural production in 2015 reached nearly VND32.9 trillion, an increase of 25 percent compared to 2010. In addition, total annual food production stands at 1.2 million tonnes.
Some facilities in the capital have applied high-tech into agricultural production, processing and storage, contributing to bringing superior productivity and higher value, and ensuring food safety and hygiene. The proportion of agricultural products applying high-tech in Hanoi currently stands at 25 percent.
In addition to these achievements, high-tech applications in agriculture have still faced many challenges and difficulties. The proportion of agricultural products fully applying high-tech reaches only 1.1 percent, while the scale of agricultural production applying high-tech remains small and fragmentary.
Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute Deputy Director, Associate Professor, Dr. Dang Van Dong said that technologies have been incompatible with Vietnam, while links between production and consumption have been missing, leading to unsuccessful high-tech applications in agriculture. In particular, private businesses with potential and advantages need more support from the state to invest in the agricultural sector.
In need of high-tech agricultural zones
Dam Quang Thang, the general director of the Agricare Vietnam Co., Ltd., a firm investing in high-tech agriculture, said that the agricultural sector has many high-tech inventions, but only some of them have been applied. Therefore, scientists should conduct research and encourage farmers to apply scientific and technological achievements, especially high-tech into production, cultivation and livestock feeding. In particular, encouraging businesses to promote links with farmers in production and consumption of agricultural products applying high-tech is needed. It also requires careful selection of agricultural products applying high-tech in order to turn them into key items. Moreover, businesses have also paid special attention to agricultural insurance.
Thanh Xuan Organic Vegetables Cooperative Director Hoang Thi Hau proposed Hanoi to promote high-tech agriculture in cooperatives as their agricultural land is available. The capital should have specific guidelines to help farmers easily access those technologies.
South Hanoi Food Processing Joint Stock Company Chairman of the Board of Directors Vo Viet Dung said that Hanoi should have vocational schools in high-tech agriculture as workers need to know about technologies. In addition, the capital needs to adopt mechanisms and policies to support businesses in land accumulation. “The most difficult problem in investing in high-tech agriculture is land accumulation because businesses have to lease land from farmers instead of being received support from the state. Land is of great importance in encouraging businesses to pour investment capital into agricultural production,” Vo Viet Dung said.
Hanoi should also organize exhibitions and fairs to let businesses, investors and farmers know about high-tech applications in agriculture. In addition, departments and management agencies in the capital should simplify administrative procedures, while supporting businesses in building value chains.
Hanoi was advised to plan high-tech agricultural zones with complete infrastructure and technologies to attract investors in the agricultural sector, focusing on key agricultural products with potential and advantages.
According to Hanoi Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Center Director Nguyen Gia Phuong, agricultural production based on high-tech has many different criteria. The center will coordinate with the Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to conduct research and provide a common criterion on high-tech agriculture in order to help farmers better understand and apply in practice.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Agricultural Genetics
Institute Do Nang Vinh:
The development of high-tech agriculture requires joint efforts from various parties. Perceptions, strategies, planning and a
development roadmap for high-tech agriculture should be built on scientific basis and practice.