|A worker packs seeds at the Viet Nam National Vegetable, Fruit and Agricultural Product Corp. Ltd. The national seedlings reserve aims to provide enough seeds and seedlings for nationwide agricultural production. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Thanh Nam has issued an official copy of 2015's national seeds reserve, with the goal of providing enough seeds and seedlings for nationwide agricultural production.
Farmers nationwide will receive 1,667 tonnes of plant seeds, 1,400 tonnes of rice seeds and 267 tonnes of maize seeds. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) asked reserve units to supply the seeds and seeds free of charge.
The central seeds company will provide 790 tonnes of rice seeds and 190 tonnes of maize seeds, while the southern seeds joint-stock company plans to supply 280 tonnes of rice seeds and 42 tonnes of maize seeds. Thua Thien-Hue domestic animal and seedling joint-stock company will provide 330 tonnes of rice seeds and 35 tonnes of maize seeds.
The ministry's farming department will be in charge of distributing seeds to the provinces that need them.
The ministry also asked the Central Fruit and Plant Seeds Company to supply 13.7 tonnes of vegetable seeds from the national reserve fund. This includes 3 tonnes for the northern province of Lang Son, 8 tonnes for Quang Tri, 1.5 tonnes for Phu Yen and 1.2 tonnes for Khanh Hoa.
Local authorities will be responsible for allocating seedlings to farmers and report to the ministry every month.
Tran Manh Bao, general director of Thai Binh seedlings joint-stock company, said the Government should set up a law on seedlings and improve administrative procedures to recognise new seedlings.
A strategy to develop the agricultural seedling sector is in the works. Currently, 65 per cent of hybrid rice seeds are imported. — VNS