The PM set agro-forestry-fisheries exports hitting US$33 billion and 31% of communes meeting new rural development criteria.
In the first eight months this year, agro-forestry-fisheries exports rose 13.5% year-on-year to US$23.7 billion, US$5.1 billion of which was from the shipment of aquatic products, up 18.1% annually.
Total aquatic exports this year are estimated to hit US$8 billion, US$1 billion more than 2016.
Nguyen Duy Vinh, deputy head of the ministry’s Planning Department, said the sector has focused on restructuring and choosing key products at national, regional and provincial levels while expanding export markets, popularising Vietnamese farm produce and improving food hygiene and safety.
According to the Cultivation Department, rice production nationwide is likely to increase by 250,000 – 300,000 tonnes annually to 44.1 million tonnes this year.
Tuan said the values of animal breeding, fisheries and forestry are expected to expand by 3%, 5% and 6.6%, respectively.
On new rural development, up to 2,813 communes met 19 criteria as of the late August, or 31.5%, surpassing the target. Meanwhile, 34 districts were recognised as new-style rural areas. Between now and the year’s end, four districts will achieve the status.