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March, 15 2014 11:06:00

Party chief urges support for farmers

In 2013, the average per capita income of farmers reached nearly VND20 million ($950), more than double the figures recorded in 2008.— Photo baoninhbinh

HA NOI (VNS)— Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has called on Government ministries and the private sector to mobilise investment in the nation's agricultural sector and rural development.

Addressing a meeting held yesterday by the Politburo to review the five-year implementation of the Party Central Committee's Resolution 7 on agriculture, farmers and rural development, Trong called for the implementation of tailored agricultural and rural development measures to maximize the unique potential of each region and develop a cohesive agricultural production model.

Trong also highlighted the importance of continued policy reform in investment, taxation and vocational training, in attracting investment and improving livelihoods in rural communities.

Trong said it was important to help farmers accelerate their participation in agricultural development programmes by providing vocational training and helping them apply new technologies to improve production.

Regarding the construction of new rural areas, the Party chief also said greater efforts were needed to build vital infrastructure for economic development in rural areas, adding that improvements to the agricultural sector were strategically important for the nation's economic development.

Trong acknowledged domestic and international challenges facing the agricultural industry, particularly in aligning the nation's agricultural sector with the country's growth model, he said.

The Party Secretary General's statements come after five years of implementing Resolution 7, which has enabled sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. Between 2009 and 2013, the agricultural, forestry, and aquacultural sector recorded an average annual growth rate of 2.9 per cent, while in 2012, agriculture contributed an estimated US$27.5 billion in export revenues.

In 2013, the average per capita income of farmers reached nearly VND20 million ($950), more than double the figures recorded in 2008. — VNS


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