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President seeks new rural development

Update: December, 02/2015 - 08:31
President Truong Tan Sang meets with the Viet Nam Association of Farmers to discuss the results of the five-year implementation of the Party Central Committee Secretariat's Conclusion 61-KL/TU on raising the association's responsibility for the development of agriculture, new rural areas and the farmer class between 2010 and 2020 in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang called on the Viet Nam Association of Farmers to work harder to industrialise and modernise the country's rural areas.

He met with the association to discuss the results of the five-year implementation of the Party Central Committee Secretariat's Conclusion 61-KL/TU on raising the association's responsibility for the development of agriculture, new rural areas and the farmer class between 2010 and 2020 in Ha Noi yesterday.

The president said Viet Nam's agricultural sector could reap more benefits by applying new technology.

He recommended the association do more vocational training, transfer more technology and increase productivity.

The association should also use land-accumulating models for large-scale production, change management models to suit this new stage of development and solve problems with loan incentives for farmers, he said.

The president also promised to examine the association's recommendations on building a network of warehouses and equipment to preserve farm products, and increase investment in science and technology.

According to the association, the poverty rate in rural areas fell 6.6 per cent to 10.8 per cent in 2014. The income per capita increased 24.4 per cent, making it 1.8 times higher than in 2010.

Loans for business and production were given to 579,870 households and 97.6 per cent of households had electricity. — VNS

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