|Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh speaks at the event
The Deputy PM asked the VFU to focus resources on building production models, shift from the small household economy model to the form of connectivity and cooperation in chains, and pay more heed to quality and added values instead of productivity in order to meet integration requirements and improve farmers’ living standards.
Applauding achievements the VFU recorded over the past five years, Binh said the union has affirmed its role and position as the centre of farmers’ movements and new-style rural area building.
The union has contributed to developing agriculture, building new-style rural areas, ensuring social welfare, reducing poverty, improving material and spiritual life of its members, promoting socio-economic development, and guaranteeing political security and social order and safety in rural areas.
According to VFU Chairman Lai Xuan Mon, launched in 1989, the “Good farmers in production and business” emulation movement has become a momentum of rural socio-economic development with the participation of millions of households.
During 2012-2017, the association’s chapters have employed a range of measures to implement major policies in the farm sector, he said, noting that thanks to such efforts, the number of households earning over 1 billion VND (44,000 USD) per year increased five times as compared with the 2007-2012 period.
Good farming households have created jobs for more than 11 million labourers, he added.
On this occasion, 300 farmers were hournoued for their outstanding performance in production and business.