Deputy PM: agricultural restructuring proves effective

Enhancements seen in the added value, export, productivity, and quality of agricultural products are proof of the effectiveness of agricultural restructuring measures implemented across the country over the past two years.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, who is also Head of the Steering Committee for Agricultural Restructuring, made the remarks at a recent conference co-organised by the Committee and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The biggest achievement has been the shift in mindsets among farmers, businesses, authorities and scientists, the Deputy PM said.

Farmers have focused more on enhancing product quality and productivity in their agricultural production practices to ensure their products are clean and the origins are verified.

Science and technology application has also been fostered in recent agricultural production.

Deputy PM Hai urged 16 localities to map out specific action plans on agriculture with a focus on strengthening the involvement of enterprises to accelerate the process in the integration context.

Meanwhile, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat attached significance to the joint efforts made by authorities at all levels, sectors, businesses and farmers in realising the agricultural restructuring plan’s targets.

In 2014, the agricultural sector saw an increase of 3.9% in production value with GDP growth rising to 3.49% from 2.64% in 2013.

The sector earned US$30.86 billion from export, up 11.2% from 2013.

In the first half of this year, the sector’s production value surged 2.41% from the same period last year.

Agro-forestry and fishery processing has also been shifted to products with higher added value.

By the end of July this year, 47 out of 63 provinces and cities across the country had developed action plans on agricultural restructuring for their localities.
VNA