Ho Chi Minh City to concentrate on key agricultural products in 2019

HCMC promotes crops to meet VietGAP standards

The Plan for Agriculture sector this year by HCMC Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will concentrate on key agricultural products and develop high-tech agriculture.

Nguyen Phuoc Trung, director of HCMC’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, released the detailed plan at Conference reviewing the agricultural sector and its plans for the year 2019 (8 January 2019) and announced that HCM City will focus on shifting agricultural production to key crops and livestock to raise average production value and farmers’ incomes.

Some key agricultural products this year will be vegetables, flowers and ornamental trees, pigs, dairy cows, brackish-water shrimp and ornamental fish. The agricultural sector targets to maintain 6% growth in Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) and rise to VND 550 million (US$23,710) in terms of the average production value of each hectare of agricultural land.

HCM City is expected to replace ineffective rice, sugarcane and rubber fields with key products while developing high-tech agriculture to achieve the target. Mr Trung said: “Research and bio-technology are needed to increase productivity and improve the quality of crop seeds and animal breeds”.

In addition, the city will promote crops to meet Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) standards or other certifications with the aim at expanding cultivation under VietGap standards from 45.5 per cent to 60 per cent of all vegetable gardens and increasing the number of pigs meeting VietGap standards from 45% to 47% of all pigs.

Suggested by Tran Ngoc Ho, deputy director of the department, new kinds of farming co-operatives, providing farmers with better information and forecast harvest volumes and goreign investment in production should be encouraged as well.

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Source: vietnamnews.vn