14:07 | 19/11/2015 Science - Technology
(VEN) - Lao Cai Province has recorded positive sustainable socioeconomic development, especially in terms of production, through the intensive application of new technologies, and will continue to focus on scientific development in the coming time.
Cold-water fish farming models bring high incomes for farmers in Lao Cai
More than 80 percent of scientific research developed
The province spent more than VND140 billion on scientific development for the 2011-2015 period in addition to VND18 billion funded by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and VND51 billion from other sources.
Since 2011, Lao Cai has undertaken 102 scientific projects and more than 80 percent of scientific research has been applied, contributing to the local socioeconomic development, especially improving local living standards.
For example, a rice variety selection project has met 65 percent of the local demand for hybrid rice varieties and will gradually meet all the local demand, while a high-quality flower farming models covering nearly 250ha in Sa Pa and Bac Ha can earn more than VND100 million per ha per year.
In the 2016-2020 period, the province will continue to boost local scientific activities to promote sustainable socioeconomic development, with a focus on some key products including rice, maize, vegetables, flowers, tea, medicinal herbs, cold-water fish, poultry and minerals. In addition, it will focus on the development of high-tech agriculture to further improve productivity and quality.
More support for scientific and technological activities
Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan recently visited Lao Cai and held discussions with local leaders. At the meeting, Lao Cai Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Vinh underlined the role of science and technology in local socioeconomic development, raised some difficulties with scientific research, development and application and hoped to receive more support from the Ministry of Science and Technology especially in terms of human training for agricultural development, improvements for local science and technology affiliates and financial assistance from the National Foundation for Science and Technology Development and the National Technology Innovation Fund.
Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan agreed with Nguyen Van Vinh’s suggestions and encouraged related ministerial and local agencies to closely coordinate with each other to maximize support for Lao Cai’s scientific activities in the coming time. “However, Lao Cai should have a long-term scientific development strategy with a focus on high-tech agricultural technologies and related applications. Local enterprises should be proactive in updating their technology to improve their product quality.
The province should also set up a local science and technology development fund based on contributions from local enterprises. In addition, local enterprises should rapidly learn about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in order to be prepared for related challenges and opportunities,” Nguyen Quan said.