Farm sector needs more change

Friday, Aug 14, 2015 08:00

Farmers were able to develop production models that were cleaner and more efficient, Hai said. — Photo baodautu

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The domestic agricultural sector has been successfully restructured over the past two years but it must promote further restructuring in the coming time, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai told a conference on restructuring of the agricultural sector yesterday in Ha Noi.

At the conference aimed at reviewing the implementation of restructuring initiatives in the last two years in the agricultural sector, Hai said knowledge about the importance of such restructuring has been enhanced among farmers, enterprises, state offices and scientists.

Therefore, the production and business have achieved good results in the sector in areas such as added value, export value, output and quality of farming products.

Farmers were able to develop production models that were cleaner and more efficient, Hai said.

They had paid attention to enhancing the quality, increasing productivity and applying better technology in production. Mechanisation of agriculture saw the fastest growth during this period.

However, Hai said some provinces and cities as well as enterprises continue to ignore the need for agricultural restructuring. These provinces and cities must implement such restructuring.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), by the end of July, 47 out of 63 provinces and cities had plans for restructuring of the agricultural sector while the remaining 16 provinces and cities did not have any defined plans towards this end.

Hai said these 16 provinces and cities must have those plans in place by the end of this year and called upon the enterprises there to implement this agenda.

The MARD reported at the conference that restructuring of the agricultural sector has contributed to growth in production and business.

In 2014, the sector grew by 3.9 per cent in production value and 3.49 per cent in gross domestic product (GDP) against 3.27 per cent and 2.64 per cent, respectively, in 2013. Total export value in 2014 reached a year-on-year increase of 11.2 per cent to US$30.86 billion. — VNS

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