HA NOI - The ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has recently approved a 2011-2020 scheme to boost the agricultural sector.
The plot aims to increase productivity and income, to enhance quality and competition and to ensure national food security.
Crops would account for about 51 per cent of land use, followed by industrial plants at 24 per cent, fruit trees at 14.4 per cent and vegetables at 9.7 per cent.
The sector also strives to increase the value of production between 2 and 2.5 per cent each year and to generate 49.5 million tonnes of rice and corn annually.
The sector is expected to reach an agricultural export turnover of US$22 billion by 2020.
The scheme requires nearly 200,000 ha of land to be reclaimed for cultivation, half of which will be used for growing perennial plants, 60,000 ha for annual crops and the rest for rice.
The Department of Crop Production will be responsible for working with relevant agencies and localities to review and improve the development of each major crop across the country, including the processing and commercial stages.
Market development and trade promotion have been deemed priority areas, and efforts will be focused on large, traditional markets such as the US, EU, Japan, China, and Africa. The sector also plans to expand its market to Eastern Europe and the Middle East with the aim of boosting agricultural consumption. - VNS