City agricultural production area down, value up every year

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.
Muskmelon production in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)
Muskmelon production in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

HCMC Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) last year went up 6.3 percent. Export value hiked 6.3 percent, fields posted the highest value increase include cultivation with 5.8 percent, agricultural services 17.8 percent and seafood exploitation 8.7 percent.

In 2017, agricultural structure continued moving toward urban agriculture. Low yield rice and sugarcane farming areas were transferred into higher value crops such as vegetables, flower, ornamental plants and breeding grass to improve productivity and income for farmers.

Besides developing toward urban agriculture, hi-tech application, eco agriculture, the industry has focused on science-technology transfer and bio technology application in production.

In addition, connectivity among state management agencies, scientists and businesses has been renewed toward linking up agriculture, industry and services.