Son La asked to focus on hi-tech agriculture

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the working session (Photo: VNA)

Son La (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc suggested that the northern
mountainous province of Son La focus on developing high-tech agriculture to
boost its economic growth at a working session with local leaders on July 17.

PM Phuc
hailed the Party Organisation, authorities and locals of Son La for their
efforts to record high economic growth and maintain good relations with Lao

However, he
noted that Son La is still a poor province with high poverty rate and low
competitiveness. He asked the province to exert every effort to fulfil
socio-economic targets for the year.

Son La
should focus on ensuring security and order in the border, while paying greater
attention to business development.

He also
suggested the locality continue boosting high technology agriculture and seek
markets for local products as well as speed up the building of new-style rural
areas and increase the cultivation of herbal trees.

At the same
time, the province should also take more care of locals in resettlement areas
for the construction of Son La hydropower plant. Son La should also develop its
tourism in a sustainable way, with special attention to preserving cultural
identities of local ethnic minority groups, making tourism a spearhead sector.

Son La has a
natural area of 14,174 square kilometres, with 250km border sharing with Lao provinces
of Houaphanh and Luang Phrabang. With a population of 1.2 million, the province
is home to 12 ethnic minority groups.

Son La is
still a poor province with the ratio of poor households reaching 31.44 percent
in 2016.

Last year,
the province’s gross regional domestic products (GRDP) was 9.2 percent, while
its budget collection was over 4 trillion VND and per capital GRDP reached 25.4
million VND.

In the first
six months of this year, the province’s economic growth hit 5.15 percent.

In 2016, the
province welcomed 1.85 million visitors, earning nearly 900 billion VND in
revenues. In the first half of 2017, tourists to Son La numbered over 1
million, with most of them going to Moc Chau and Van Ho. Its forest coverage
reached 42.5 percent.

Along with
fruit cultivation, the province also has 22,000 milk cows which produced 37,000
tonnes of milk in the first six months of this year.

Son La has
43 enterprises and cooperatives with 86 agricultural products meeting VietGap

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