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PM asks for more from local agriculture sector

Update: January, 02/2014 - 10:00
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that the agriculture sector needed to restructure with a focus on improving added value and sustainable development.— VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue

HA NOI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that the agriculture sector needed to restructure with a focus on improving added value and sustainable development.

"Restructuring agriculture can only succeed when technological advances are applied in production," Dung told a conference in Ha Noi on Tuesday.

Farmers should be at the centre of the process, he stressed as the participants were working to set farming tasks for this year.

He said mechanisms and policies should be conducive to rural investment, particularly in cultivation, industry and services, while more attention being paid to agricultural processing and labour-intensive fields to generate jobs for rural workers.

The leader also pressed for more investment in rural infrastructure and vocational training.

At the event, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat reported that the sector grew 2.67 per cent last year, closely matching the 2.68 per cent rise seen in 2012.

This year, growth is targeted at 2.6-3 per cent, with a 3.1-3.5 per cent rise in production value. Agro-forestry-fishery exports are expected to hit US$28.5 billion, while the rate of forest coverage must reach 41.5 per cent.

To achieve these targets, the sector should adopt new plans to develop technology transfers and provide vocational training for farmers, Phat said.

Social resources would be raised to build new-style rural areas, improve irrigation and raise resilience to climate change and natural disasters, he added. — VNS

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