HA NOI — Director of the Ha Noi Agriculture and Rural Development Department, Hoang Thanh Van, has called on northern provinces to make better use of their advantages to create a safe food supply for the capital city.
|People shop for organic vegetables at the Metro Hoang Mai Supermarket in Ha Noi. Authorities are urging northern provinces to create a more secure food supply. — VNA/VNS Photo Bui Tuong
Speaking at a recent conference on agricultural promotion among 19 northern provinces and cities, Van said the city had recently paid increasing attention to co-operating with neighbouring provinces through technology transfer and experience sharing.
Popular farming products in Ha Noi include orange and sugarcane from Hoa Binh Province, tea from the provinces of Thai Nguyen and Phu Tho, as well as sturgeon from the provinces of Lao Cai and Yen Bai.
A report from the department said that with a population of 6.8 million people plus 2 million migrant students and labourers, the city's agriculture production can meet about 40 per cent of demand.
According to the department, in the next three years, the city's population is expected to reach nine million but it will only be able to produce 52 per cent of meat demand, 64 per cent of fish demand, 65 per cent of eggs demand, 44 per cent of rice demand and 17 per cent of fruit demand.
Meanwhile, its farming production faces challenges from diseases, unsafe food and environmental pollution.
Van's counterpart in northern Lang Son Province, Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan, said that regional co-operation was also crucial to control and curb food smuggling.
The engagement among agriculture enterprises was not enough and trade promotion programmes were not as effective as expected, she added.
Nhan suggested establishing a centre for quality testing agroforestry products in border provinces, so that imported products' quality could be verified before entering the domestic market.
She also urged greater co-operation in quality control between Viet Nam and other countries, especially major exporters.
Meanwhile, representatives from the provinces of Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Hoa Binh urged Ha Noi to offer preferential policies for investors.
Director of Agriculture and Rural Development in Lao Cai Province, Pham Van Lai, said the province supplied forestry products and tea for Ha Noi but had to import fruit and flowers from the capital, so co-operation would bring more market expansion opportunities for both localities.
Director Van from Ha Noi said that as of next year, the city would boost co-operation with provinces in food control and poultry transport, especially cross-border smuggling.
The city has also launched the website sanbanbuon.vn which is expected to introduce and promote its partners' farming products more widely. — VNS