Towards hi-tech farming

16:19 | 12/02/2016 Society

(VEN) - Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat has said that he believes the annual goals during this first year of the 2016-2020 Rural Development Plan are set to be implemented, providing the grounds for the country’s development.

Towards hi-tech farming

Rice exports are expected to bounce back in 2016

According to economic experts, the global economy will still face difficulties in 2016, especially in terms of consumer demand, adjusted monetary policies, decreased agricultural commodity prices and stricter trade agreements and tax barriers.

The agricultural sector will strive to grow by 3-3.5 percent in 2016 and 2.5-3 percent per year during the 2016-2020 period and achieve US$39-40 billion in agricultural, forestry and fisheries export revenues by 2020. To achieve these goals, the sector will focus on the implementation of adjusted production models to local advantages, promoting links between farmers, traders, scientists and banks, boosting scientific research, applications and transfers especially in the fields of genetics and processing and post-harvest technologies, according to Cao Duc Phat.

To increase the added value in agricultural, forestry and fisheries products, the government should provide enterprises with favorable policies on investment in processing agricultural, forestry and fisheries products and streamlined export procedures; meanwhile, enterprises should link with farmers to set up sustainable raw material bases and strengthen research and development of import markets.

At the conference to review 2015’s implemented tasks and to plan for the implementation of the 2016’s and 2016-2020’s tasks, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung outlined five groups of tasks for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to implement over the 2016-2020 period.

First is to revise laws, policies and mechanisms in favor of rural and agricultural development in the interest of farmers. Second is to focus on agricultural production restructuring, especially in terms of increased productivity, product quality and competitiveness and farmer incomes. Thirdl is to improve the efficiency of the implementation of the New Rural Development National Target Program. Fourth is to strengthen agricultural material and food safety management and the last task is to pay special attention to climate change response and related support for farmers. 


Nguyen Hanh