Kon Tum province urged to develop commercial agriculture

09:25 | 27/03/2019 Society

The Central Highlands province of Kon Tum should focus on developing commercial agriculture, applying high technologies, building a trademark for Ngoc Linh ginseng, and speeding up administrative reforms, said the top legislator.

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan speaks at the working session with Kon Tum's provincial leaders - Photo: VNA

National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan made the suggestion at a working session with leaders of Kon Tum province on March 18.

She lauded the province’s efforts in recording 9.28% in GRDP growth in 2018, exceeding the set target, as well as strong performances in budget collection and agricultural development, especially in the plantation of Ngoc Ling ginseng and high-tech agriculture.

The top lawmaker noted with pleasure that three key economic zones of the province – Ngoc Hoi, Kin Plong districts and Kon Tum city – attracted 39 investment projects with a total registered capital of VND508 billion (US$21.9 million).

However, she pointed out that only 17 out of 102 communes and wards have fulfilled criteria of the new-style rural area building program, making it difficult to reach the target of 50 percent of the communes completing the criteria in 2020.

NA Chairwoman Ngan recognized Kon Tum’s endeavours to reduce 91 administrative units and 129 officials. But the province has still faced shortcomings in applying scientific advances in production, while the qualifications of human resources have failed to meet development requirements, tourism development has yet to match its potential and the province has lacked material areas.

Kon Tum should review its targets and future roadmap to optimise its strengths and potential, while preserving ethnic minority cultures to develop tourism and reduce poverty among ethnic minority communities. Kon Tum should pay greater attention to developing friendship and partnership with Lao and Cambodian localities, she suggested.

The NA leader said that Kon Tum should complete dossiers for the establishment of Mang Den town from Dak Long commune in Kon Plong district. She also stressed the need for the urgent implementation of measures to prevent erosion along the banks of Dak Bla River.

On the same day, NA Chairwoman Ngan visited the Kon Plong district, where 80% of its population are ethnic minority people of Xe Dang, Mo Nam, Ka Dong and Hre groups. Working with the district’s leaders, she noted that the poverty rate in the district remains high, at 32.55%. She advised the district to work hard to preserve cultural identities of the ethnic groups for developing tourism.

Kon Plong should take the initiative in attracting investment in tourism to fully tap potential of the Mang Den ecotourism site, she stated.