Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has signed a dispatch on removing obstacles to and promoting agricultural production and consumption; implementing the three national target programmes; and fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
The traditional Tich dien (ploughing) festival took place in Tien Son commune of Duy Tien town, the northern province of Ha Nam, on January 28 (the seventh day of the first lunar month) to pray for bumper harvests and prosperity.
The Central Highlands has over 5 million hectares of agricultural land. The agricultural development here has many advantages, but the situation of “bumper crops, low prices” and “bad harvest, high prices” occurs in many places. Sometimes, agricultural products even face stagnancy in consumption.
The Center for Statistics and Science and Technology Information of Ho Chi Minh City (CESTI), under the Department of Science and Technology of Ho Chi Minh City, on the morning of May 19, held an event to introduce technology applications applied to agricultural production and post-harvest processing in 2022.
In 2019, the average income of a rural resident in HCMC was about VND63 million (US$2,743) per year, up 58 percent compared to 2015. The area of agricultural land and the number of agricultural, forestry, and fishery households decreased. However, the GRDP in the agricultural sector still increased because farmers had applied high technology to agricultural production and shifted to valuable crops and livestock, with the support of the city's policy of supporting interest rates on loans for agricultural investment.
According to experts, the war between Russia and Ukraine and economic sanctions by some countries against Russia will have a profound impact on the global economy, including Vietnam, especially on the import and export of agricultural, forestry, and aquatic products.
Amid the situation that fertilizer prices in the domestic market jumped by 50-72 percent, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) had an online meeting to propose solutions to control prices and fight against hoarding and profiteering, on August 11, in Hanoi.
Every time China stops importing agricultural products or when the Covid-19 pandemic happens, several agricultural products are unsalable, then the rescue of them to support farmers will take place repeatedly. According to many experts, the sector needs to accelerate parallel solutions, such as reducing loan interest rates, applying land rental support policies, and providing information on global production, to escape from this situation.
Mekong Delta farmers have been adopting many advanced models in agricultural production, such as growing melons in net houses and hi-tech shrimp farming. Accordingly, pesticide spraying drones, seed sowing machines, and rice transplanters have appeared in some places. Digital transformation is an inevitable trend in the modernization of the agricultural sector because technology helps to enhance productivity and value through effective scaling farming and management systems.
Aquaculture is more and more developing and plays an important role in the world. The global aquaculture production is currently above 82 million tons. Of which, Vietnam has more than 4.2 million tons, standing in fourth place in the world, and the Mekong Delta accounts for about 70 percent of the total farming area and production of the country.
The Directorate of Water Resources warned that with the forecasted level of saltwater intrusion in March and April this year, it is essential to prevent the possibility of water shortage of about 40,000 hectares of fruit trees in the Mekong Delta.
The Italian Government hopes to promote commercial activities in Vietnam, especially in the field of manufacturing and processing agricultural products, turning Vietnam into a strategic entrance for trading and investment of Italy in Southeast Asia, said Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Antonio Alessandro.
The Government has defined eight key tasks to help the Mekong Delta achieve sustainable development, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed in a document responding to queries from National Assembly Tran Thi Hoa Ry regarding development in the country’s largest granary.
Agricultural production area in HCMC reduces every year but value continues increasing reaching VND450 million (US$19,815) a hectare in 2017, a year on year increase of 9.8 percent, reported the city Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Nguyen Xuan Cuong said yesterday efforts to attract investment in agriculture were not yielding sufficient fruit, urging authorities to focus on unbuckling bottlenecks to ease investment.