10 high-tech agriculture zones by 2020

Friday, May 08, 2015 18:24

Farmers harvest tea leaves in Tan Cuong Commune in the northern province of Thai Nguyen. The province will be one of three areas selected to build an agricultural zone to produce tea by 2020. — VNA/VNS Photo Trong Dat

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Viet Nam will build 10 high-tech agricultural zones, two approved by the Prime Minister and eight approved by the People's Committees of cities and provinces under the central authority.

The two PM-approved zones are located in the central Phu Yen and southern Hau Giang province, while the remaining eight zones are in cities and provinces across the country, such as in Thai Nguyen, Thanh Hoa, Lam Dong, and Can Tho.

Decision No 575 on general planning on agricultural zones applied with high-tech by 2020, with vision towards 2030, was recently approved by the Prime Minister. The decision took effect on May 4.

The aim is to boost the modernisation of the agriculture sector, ensure national food security, and decrease the imports of agricultural products.

According to the decision, coffee production will be focused on Central Highlands, and the northwest and north central regions. While the northern province of Thai Nguyen and Lam Dong, Central Highlands, will focus on planting tea, the central province, Binh Thuan, will produce dragon fruits.

Vegetables and flower plantations will be centred in Lao Cai, Ha Noi, HCM City, and Lam Dong. The production of fruits for exports will be in the southeastern region and in the Mekong Delta.

Cows will be raised in Son La, Ha Noi, Nghe An, and Lam Dong, while livestock will be centred in the Red River delta, northeast, north central region, and the Mekong Delta.

Meanwhile, shrimp cultivation in saline and brackish waters will be focused on the Red River Delta, the Mekong Delta, north central region, south central coast region, and south central region.

By 2030, the 10 zones will be effectively operated. At the same time, ministry chiefs and related authorities are required to research and plan hi-tech agricultural zones in other cities and provinces of the country. — VNS

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