|Farmers harvest grape in southern Ninh Thuan Province. The cultivation sector's output is believed to account for 73.5 per cent of the agricultural sector's gross output, but its growth remains unstable. — Photo nld.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The cultivation sector's output is believed to account for 73.5 per cent of the agricultural sector's gross output, but its growth remains unstable.
Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said this at a meeting on Wednesday while opening a two-year prog-ramme to restructure the sector. Phat said that the sector's growth reached 3 per cent in 2013 and 3.2 per cent in 2014, but was less than 2 per cent in the first six months this year.
Unpredictable weather conditions and complicated market developments were to blame for the instability, he said.
Ma Van Trung, head of the ministry's Cultivation Department, said that the quality and productivity of Vietnamese farm produce remained lower than in other countries.
The price of a tonne of Vietnamese rice, one of the nation's key exports, was US$20-30 lower than Thai rice in the international market, he said.
Post-harvest technologies were limited, causing an estimated loss of 12 per cent of farm output after harvesting, he said.
Nguyen Anh Son, director of Lam Dong Province's Agricultural and Rural Development Department, said that restructuring the cultivation sector should be linked with market demand.
Authorised agencies should boost trade promotions and market forecasts in the near future, he said.
Phat said farm produce such as tea, vegetables, fruit and rice would be selected to become key farm products for different parts of the country depending on their climate and conditions.
"This is the direction for the restructuring of our cultivation sector from 2016-20," he said. — VNS