28/09/2017 11:47 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

PM suggests Hau Giang develop smart agriculture

Hau Giang, September 28 (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has suggested the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang develop smart agriculture and processing industry, and spread a new-style cooperative model. 

He made the suggestion during a working session with provincial authorities on September 27, ahead of a conference on local investment promotion the next day. 

The PM hailed the province’s efforts to uphold its role as a rice hub in the Mekong Delta via building high-quality rice, sugar cane and fruit cultivation areas and forming trademarks. 

The province took drastic actions to improve rice quality, reduce poverty and build new-style rural areas. Meanwhile, services and tourism also performed well, he commented. 

On challenges facing the locality, Phuc said it is still affected by drought and saline intrusion. The number of local businesses accounts for only one third of the total nationwide while infrastructure is poor. 

He urged Hau Giang to focus on land use planning, particularly land used for rice farming and aquaculture. The province should expand high-tech agriculture, he said, adding that further attention should be paid to agriculture restructuring and finding resources to upgrade infrastructure. 

Reminding the locality to protect the environment and respond to climate change, the leader expressed hope that Hau Giang will improve workforce quality, particularly in rural areas while linking up with regional provinces and Ho Chi Minh City in economic development. 

In the first nine months this year, the province collected 4.9 trillion VND (214.4 million USD) for the State budget, or 76 percent of the estimate for the period.