Scientific advancements applied to poor areas

10:25 | 22/07/2015 Science - Technology

(VEN) - Successful scientific applications have offered poor rural and mountainous areas opportunities to boost the production, quality and competitiveness of their local agricultural and craft products, contributing to poverty elimination targets, Vietnam Economic News’ Quynh Nga spoke with Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan about the program.

Scientific advancements applied to poor areas

How effective has the mountainous rural program proved over the past 15 years?

It has had great socioeconomic effects, as it has provided people in difficult mountainous rural areas with scientific advancements that can be immediately applied to their businesses while improving links between the state, enterprises, scientists and farmers.

In addition, it has contributed to improving living standards by creating more jobs and increasing incomes. Under the program, 845 projects have been deployed in 62 provinces and cities, 4,761 scientific advancements have been applied, 11,063 technicians, 1,725 local scientific managers and 236,264 farmers have been trained, and 128,643 rural workers have been employed.

The program has been described as something of a success story for its combination of private and public funding in scientific development, hasn’t it?

The program has received contributions from the state budget, enterprises and local people. We have raised more than VND1 trillion from involved enterprises and households in addition to VND700 billion as state investment.

It would have been a failure if it had failed to prove its practical use and its ability to improve local living standards. And of course, it would not have attracted so much investment.

What adjustments will be added to the program to improve its efficiency in the coming time?

In the coming time, the program will be implemented based on guidance laid out by the party and the government. However, it should play a key role in the New Rural Area Construction (NRAC) National Target Program.

Over the past 15 years of implementation, we see that localities that have successfully implemented the program have achieved NRAC criteria earlier than those that have not.

In addition, we will implement the program in combination with the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee’s support programs dedicated to socioeconomically difficult rural and mountainous areas approved by the government.

We’ll include in the program development plans for three national products including rice, pangasius and mushrooms as approved by the government in the agricultural and rural development strategy.

Quynh Nga