21/05/2015 09:41 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Deputy PM asks for stronger agriculture reform

Hanoi, May 20 (VNA)- Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has urged ministries, agencies and localities to accelerate the restructuring of the agricultural sector, saying that this is an urgent task.

During the first meeting of the interdisciplinary steering committee for agriculture restructuring in Hanoi on May 19, the Deputy PM stressed the need to raise public awareness of legal regulations, especially Vietnamese and international commercial laws.

He asked for stronger communication campaigns at all levels in the coming time, mainly targeting farmers.

Speaking at the event, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat reported that 17 national and 7 regional plans have been established to restructure the agriculture sector.

He said that these projects have contributed remarkably to the sector’s production and business activities. In 2014, the sector’s production value increased 3.9 percent and its GDP growth rate reached 3.49 percent, 0,22 percent higher than the set target.

However, some localities have still neglected to implement the project, with 27 provinces and cities yet to approve action plans for agricultural restructuring.

Concluding the meeting, Deputy PM Hai asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade to enhance closer links with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to make the project more effective, adding that it should focus on large-scale agricultural production and the development of key products.