07/04/2017 15:36 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Agriculture Gets a High-tech Boost

The Vietnamese Government will create favourable conditions for enterprises and cooperatives to engage in hi-tech farming. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will directly introduce Vietnam’s high-tech and clean farm produce to the world’s marketplace.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the above commitment while attending the launching of a high-tech agricultural production at a VinEco farm owned by VinGroup – Vietnam’s leading private group in the northern province of Ha Nam. As one of the 14 VinEco farms invested in by VinGroup, the project covers an area of over 180ha at a cost of nearly 300 billion dong (13 million US dollars). It includes a large-scale model field of about 130ha, a 5ha greenhouse area using Israeli technology and manufacturing facilities.

Addressing the launching ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc highlighted agriculture as an economic pillar of the country. Thanks to open policies, Vietnam now not only ensures food security, but also has become the world’s third largest rice exporter. However, this sector still faces big challenges, including adverse effects caused by climate change, backward farming methods, farmers’ low living standards and unsafe and unhygienic agro-produce.

To reach the above target, the Prime Minister has called for developing organic, high-tech, clean and smart farming with the involvement of private businesses and cooperatives. He suggested further encouraging start-ups operating in agriculture and enhancing technology transfers. He asked the State Bank to increase the value of preferential credit package, from 60 trillion dong to 100 trillion dong (2.6-4.34 billion US dollars), to high-tech agricultural firms.

The Prime Minister also required Ha Nam province to develop a labour force to expand markets, popularise trademarks and improve packaging, thus ensuring stable consumption.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc pressed the button to launch a high-tech agricultural project at a VinEco farm
in the northern province of Ha Nam on February 2. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits Ha Nam Agriculture Investment and Development Joint-stock Company. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA.

In this spirit, he requested that localities expand coverage for farming to submit to the authorities for approval as well as provide all possible support, encourage and strengthen the transfer of science and technology and the use of new varieties and spare capital for hi-tech agriculture from social sources.

He also vowed that the government will drastically protect trademarks and the legitimate interests of businesses and cooperatives working in high-tech agriculture.

An organic vegetable farm in Da Lat city in the central province of Lam Dong. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Japanese experts inspect high technology planting in Da Lat. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Applying invitro technology in Da Lat. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Seeds being planted using hydroponic technology. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Apply hydroponic technology. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Korean daikons are being planted in Dalat.
Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Post harvest technologies are also important.
Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

The application of high technology helps increase the economic value of Vietnam’s vegetables. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

With the strong support from the Government, Vietnam’s agricultural sector is expected to see a drastic and comprehensive change in both thinking and production methods.