VGP – PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc hoped that made-in-Viet Nam rice would bring about the best added values; meet domestic demand and consolidate the national prestige as one of the long-lasting agricultural civilizations in the world.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc presides over a meeting on rice sustainable development in the Mekong Delta Region on March 15 in An Giang province - Photo: VGP/Quang Hieu
PM Phuc made the point while chairing a meeting on rice sustainable development in the Mekong Delta Region on March 15 in An Giang province.
The Government leader hailed the role of science and technology, local instructions, and hard-working peasants; businessmen and exporters for ensuring food security and export. So far, made-in-Viet Nam rice is available at 150 foreign countries and territories.
Fear of imported rice domination
Statistics showed that value of rice production remained low under VND 30 million per hectares.
The region is coping with both saltwater intrusion and the domination of imported rice, he stressed.
Hence, rice cultivation in Viet Nam, especially in the Mekong Delta Region, continued to play a vital role in the national agricultural production. The sector needs a new vision and strategic plan in accordance with globalization trend so that made-in-Viet Nam rice would meet demands of Asian and global customers and bring back high added values for local peasants, enterprises, and exporters.
New rice development vision
PM Phuc stressed that Viet Nam would not only be a rice exporter with leading export revenues but also strive for the best added values; meet domestic demands in nutritional and medicinal elements; and consolidate its prestige as one of the long-lasting agricultural civilizations in the world.
The Government leader called on renovations with massive measures on institutions, policies, and development modals, including scale adjustment with large-scale rice cultivation fields; machine-based agriculture; reduction of agricultural workforce; construction of modern irrigation system; export development; and trade promotion.
Mr. Phuc tasked relevant ministries and agencies to give comments on rice policies especially Decree 109 on rice business and export; Decree 35 on land management of paddy cultivation; Decision 1899 on paddy restructuring plan by 2020 with a vision towards 2030; Decree 55 on credit policies in favor of agriculture and rural areas./.
By Kim Loan