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Delta provinces call for guidance

Update: July, 26/2012 - 10:07

 

Fishermen transport tra fish for processing in Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta. Authorities from the Delta region said they needed specific guidance on the implementation of policies on agricultural administration. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong
AN GIANG — While there are policies in place for agricultural administration in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, specific guidance is required for their implementation, delta authorities told a seminar in An Giang Province on Tuesday.

Nguyen Thanh Nguyen, deputy chairman of the Long An Province People's Committee, said implementation of many policies remained difficult in the absence of such guidelines.

He gave the example of a proposed rice irrigation project. The province did not know which agency or agencies would fund the works required to pump water into irrigation canals, he said.

There were also other demands as raised by the delegates.

Mai Thi Anh Tuyet, director of the An Giang Department of Industry and Trade, said the Government should soon create mechanisms and policies to support tra fish farmers and processors most of whom cannot get bank credit.

A roadmap was needed for developing high-quality rice and eliminating low-quality strains to avoid any risk for farmers, she said.

Many of the attendees also called for policies to strengthen co-operation between industry and farmers growing rice and farming other major agriculture and aquatic produce.

To bolster the farming of rice, one of the region's major products, they called for resolving problems related to irrigation. They include lack of funds for upgrading dykes ahead of the autumn-winter crop to begin soon and pumping water for the winter-spring crop.

Speaking about the programme to develop large-scale rice fields, they wanted the Government to help with irrigation, seeds, funds to buy machinery, and training farmers.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh called on relevant ministries and sectors to consider the recommendations made by the delta authorities.

He urged delta authorities to identify some major products and draft zoning plans to develop them.

He ordered the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to review models of co-operation between tra farmers and enterprises, for the large-scale rice programme, adopt effective ones, and create mechanisms to develop them.

The conference was attended by officials from Can Tho city and the delta's 12 provinces, HCM City, and the ministry. — VNS

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