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Bạc Liêu told to up hi-tech farming

Update: February, 21/2017 - 09:47
Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng delivers speech at a working session with key local officials of the Mekong Delta province of Bạc Liêu yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Trí Dũng

BẠC LIÊU — Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng has asked the Mekong Delta province of Bạc Liêu to focus on developing hi-tech agriculture and a sea-based economy. 

During a working session with key local officials yesterday, which came as part of his ongoing three-day visit to Bạc Liêu to examine its Party building and socio-economic development, the Party chief highlighted the province’s great potential for developing wind and solar energy, tourism and off-shore fishing, urging local authorities to give priority to those sectors. 

He requested that the region protect the environment and natural resources, work to mobilise all social resources for development, promote regional links and create a favourable business climate to attract investment. 

To effectively implement socio-economic and cultural development and defence-security tasks, Bạc Liêu needs to build Party strength and strictly implement the 12th National Party Congress’s Resolution on building and revamping the Party. 

He emphasised the need for better criticism and self-criticism to discover limitations and shortcomings for timely solutions. 

The Party leader expressed his hope that Bạc Liêu will continue to fully tap its potential and strengths to achieve strong future development. 

Last year, Bạc Liêu’s gross regional domestic product increased 5.38 per cent from the previous year. The locality recorded positive development in agricultural production, with food productivity hitting over 1 million tonnes per ha. It welcomed 1.24 million visitors, earning VNĐ1 trillion (around US$44.5 million) in revenue. 

The rate of poor and near-poor households fell 3.31 per cent and 1 per cent respectively, surpassing set targets. 

The day before, Party Secretary Trọng visited a super-intensive shrimp farming glass house model in the Vĩnh Thịnh commune, Hòa Bình district, which applies environmentally friendly technologies to production. 

He also made a tour of the Bạc Liêu wind-power plant in Vĩnh Trạch Đông commune, which includes 62 turbines with a combined capacity of 99.2 MW. — VNS 

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