|A hightech farm in Ha Noi. Vietnamese farmers want more co-operation with international partners in applying modern technology and expanding the market. — Photo vietq.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnamese farmers want more co-operation with international partners in applying modern technology and expanding the market, said the chairman of the Viet Nam Farmers' Union (VNFU), Nguyen Quoc Cuong.
The official made the appeal at a union conference to review the effectiveness of previous co-operation between farmers and international partners this week in Ha Noi.
Cuong offered analysis on VNFU's current capacity to handle external relations and international co-operation. He said that the union had established relations with nearly 50 farmers' organisations, international partners and non-government organisations and sent hundreds of Vietnamese farmer delegates abroad for research, workshops and training.
The Union helped mobilise more than US$17 million for the implementation of agricultural development projects, he said.
However, Cuong pointed out that while the union's handling of external relations was developing at central authority levels, it proved ineffective and stagnant at lower levels. He also said the development had focused mainly on building friendly relations and not securing or promoting direct partnerships or donations.
Thus, the official said, the VNFU would make turning international partnerships into committed co-operation one of its core tasks.
Speaking on the importance of international relations to the country's agriculture sector, Vu Thi Anh Phuong from the Party Central Committee's Commission for External Relations urged the VNUF to focus on improving staff capabilities.
She said qualified staff would be needed to meet the demands of the TPP and the ASEAN Community.
She promised to urge the Government to give more support to all of the union's international co-operation activities.
National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung has urged farmers nationwide to exploit all development opportunities brought about by the integration process to promote the national agricultural sector.
Addressing a prog-ramme to honour outstanding farmers in 2015 held in Ha Noi this week the NA Chairman highlighted the contributions of farmers to the national revolutionary cause.
He stressed the important role played by farmers in agricultural successes, affirming that agriculture is one of the leading fields in the country's reform process.
He called on farmers to enhance the application of advanced science and technologies, step up agricultural industrialisation and innovate production processes in order to create highly-competitive products and promote the development of the national agricultural sector.
Tthe annual prog-ramme was organised by the Central Committee of the Vietnam Farmer's Association, the Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Recognition was also given to 60 farmers who made outstanding achievements in production and business and new-style rural area building. — VNS