15:28 | 13/12/2016 Local Industry
(VEN) - Thanh Hoa Province has gradually cut down resource waste and increased the value of rural industrial products by supporting rural industrial establishments to further promote investment in production technologies.
Restricting outdated technologies
Thanh Hoa Province has a large area and is divided into three distinct regions, including the largest mountains with almost 7,000sq.km. The province is rich in forest resources, but the exploitation and processing of forest products are mainly in the form of preliminary processing.
Thanh Hoa Department of Industry and Trade Deputy Director Le Trong Han said that the province has 40 forest product processing facilities with small scale and limited capital. Therefore, they have not enough resources to invest in advanced machinery and equipment in order to create specific products. In addition, professional skills of workers, especially those in the mountainous areas are not high, posing difficulties for the development of rural industrial facilities.
To protect forest resources, the province has asked to stop working for 26 facilities with small scale and outdated technologies. Moreover, newly established facilities must invest in advanced machinery and equipment to conduct production with industrial scale. To improve production capacity, Thanh Hoa Province has focused on building technical performance models and strengthening investment in new machinery and equipment. Many businesses and processing facilities have been supported by industry promotion budgets to invest in new technologies, contributing to increasing productivity and product quality.
In addition to industry promotion budgets, rural industrial facilities in the province have been supported by other programs. In particular, the province has provided higher support for investment in industrial complexes compared to the level of support from the central budget to create more production space. “The number of industrial complexes in the province is not limited. However, industrial complexes will only be supported if investors are available,” Le Trong Han said.
According to the Thanh Hoa Department of Industry and Trade, industry promotion projects have achieved positive results and had impacts on the province’s socioeconomic development. Rural industrial facilities have been active in seeking qualified labors, promoting investment to improve production technologies and expanding new and effective models, contributing to enhancing productivity and product quality, reducing material losses, saving energy and increasing profits of businesses and incomes of workers.
The implementation of industry promotion projects has faced many obstacles, which have directly affected the progress and effectiveness of projects. Many rural industrial facilities can be supported but they have not developed into projects. Furthermore, according to the regulations, rural industrial facilities must have specific assessment in terms of superior characteristics of production technologies. However at the time of assessment, they have not invested in machinery and equipment. Therefore, the accuracy is not high.
Most of rural industrial facilities in the province are small scale with fragmented activities. Moreover, all districts do not have industry promotion staff, while lacking funds for industry promotion. In particular, professional skills of workers are not the same, affecting production efficiency of businesses.
The Thanh Hoa Department of Industry and Trade will continue to closely connect with districts and towns in the province to create favorable conditions for the development of rural industrial facilities and overcome difficulties for industry promotion activities. Linking industry promotion programs with trade promotion activities in order to find output for rural industrial products is needed.
The Thanh Hoa Department of Industry and Trade also suggested that the Agency for Regional Industry Development expand regulations on approving national industry promotion projects for two contents including building technical performance models and applying modern technologies into production.