Ministry recognises 28 high-tech agricultural firms

HÀ NỘI - Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has urged the northern province of Hà Nam to promote hi-tech agriculture and accelerate the building of new-style rural areas. At a meeting with Hà Nam's key leaders on Saturday, the Government leader commended the province for recording one of the highest growth rates among localities in the Red River Delta and for effective investment attraction. Hà Nam should optimise its geographical location as a gateway to the capital city to spur its development, he said, asking the provincial leaders to pay more heed to local planning. The PM reminded the province that sustainable development should be paired with environmental protection, suggesting Hà Nam increase its investments in tourism services to conserve the ecological system. For their part, the provincial leaders proposed the Government and the PM create mechanisms to help universities and central-level hospitals in Hanoi relocate to or build branches in Hà Nam. They asked the Government to support Hà Nam in attracting projects in processing, manufacturing and high-tech and create optimal conditions for the locality to access financial resources of the State budget, Government bonds and ODA loans. Earlier, PM Phúc visited a 20ha farm run by An Phú Hưng Company, one of the typical high-tech farming models in Hà Nam that produces organic vegetables using Japanese technologies. He also toured construction sites of branches of the Bạch Mai Hospital and the Việt Đức Friendship Hospital, which have been built to ease overloading at their existing facilities in the…... [read more]

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Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged the northern province of Ha Nam to promote hi-tech agriculture and accelerate the building of new-style rural areas. At a meeting with Ha Nam’s key leaders on August 6, the Government leader commended the province for recording one of the highest growth rates among localities in the Red River Delta and for effective investment attraction. Ha Nam should optimise its geographical location as a gateway to the capital city to spur its development, he said, asking the provincial leaders to pay more heed to local planning. The PM reminded the province that sustainable development should be paired with environmental protection, suggesting Ha Nam increase its investments in tourism services to conserve the ecological system. For their part, the provincial leaders proposed the Government and the PM create mechanisms to help universities and central-level hospitals in Hanoi relocate to or build branches in Ha Nam. They asked the Government to support Ha Nam in attracting projects in processing, manufacturing and high-tech and create optimal conditions for the locality to access financial resources of the State budget, Government bonds and ODA loans. Earlier, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited a 20ha farm run by An Phu Hung Company, one of the typical high-tech farming models in Ha Nam that produces organic vegetables using Japanese technologies. He also toured construction sites of branches of the Bach Mai Hospital and the Viet Duc Friendship Hospital, which have been built to ease overloading at their existing…... [read more]

According to the Investment & Trade Promotion Centre of Ho Chi Minh City (ITPC), a forum for the discussion of export issues will take place in November 17. The event under theme of ‘Way to enter the United States and Latin American markets’ aims to provide information relating to the United States and Latin American investment markets in 2016; solutions for approaching the potential markets and exported products. Besides, a high-tech agriculture and food processing fair is scheduled to open in December. The fair will display farm product, seedlings, high-tech farming models, bio-products, plant protection products, fertilizers, post-harvest technologies and machine accessories. Approximately 280 local booths and 20 foreign booths will participate in the exhibition. A high-quality Vietnamese goods fair will be organized in Phu Tho Sporting Event Hall on December 5- 8, with the participation of 50 firms, added the HCMC Investment & Trade Promotion Centre.... [read more]

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) - The third high-tech agriculture and food processing fair (Hi-Tech Agro 2014), HCM City's most important agricultural exhibition, opened yesterday at Le Van Tam Park in District 1. It features 340 booths set up by more than 200 high-tech agricultural and food processing companies from HCM City and 29 other provinces and cities. Products on display include farm produce, processed foods, ornamental fish and trees, seedlings, high-tech farming models, bio-products, plant protection products, fertilisers, post-harvest technologies, and semi-processed and processed products. A meeting to link the exhibitors from the south with distributors like Lotte Mart, Metro, Big C, Co.opExtra, and Aeon and wholesale markets in the city will be organised on the sidelines. There will also have seminars on the use of post-harvest technologies to improve the value of farm produce and processed foods and measures to improve the efficiency of farm-produce supply chains. The fair offers stakeholders an opportunity to find out about the latest scientific and technological advancements and sharpen the competitiveness of Vietnamese agricultural products, Pho Nam Phuong, director of the HCM City Investment and Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC), said. It seeks to promote Vietnamese brands and help attract more investment in agriculture and food processing and look for stable outlets for farm produce, she said. The fair, organised by the centre, ends on October 26. - VNS... [read more]

HCM City built the country's first agricultural technology park, with the Cu Chi District-based facility taking nearly 10 years from actual conception to operation. Agronomists visit the Viet Nam Agricultural Hi-Tech Park in HCM City's CuChi District. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu Provinces planning to develop agricultural technology parks should learn from HCM City's experiences in building its Agricultural Hi-Tech Park, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has said. HCM City built the country's first agricultural technology park, with the Cu Chi District-based facility taking nearly 10 years from actual conception to operation. Speaking at a meeting with the park's management last week Nhan said 13 agricultural parks are being planned around the country. The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang has recently received approval from the Government to set up a 4,200ha agricultural hi-tech park. The HCM City park should become a spearhead for growth in the Mekong Delta and south-eastern region, Nhan said. The 88.17ha park has so far attracted 14 investors who will invest VND450 billion (US$21.6 million) and lease most of the 60ha available inside, according to its management. The park has also set up a Research and Development Centre for Agricultural High-Technology and a Centre for Business Incubation of Agricultural High Technology. They have tied up with domestic and foreign universities and institutes to provide training and transfer high-tech farming models. In more than two years of official operations, the park has transferred 15 production models to more than 20 individuals and organisations…... [read more]

(VEN) - Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is trying to develop a high-tech farming sector to become a modern agricultural service center that will transfer new technology, machinery and equipment to livestock breeding and cultivation areas and buy agricultural products for municipal consumption and export. For years now, following the master program on economic restructuring, the city has restructured agriculture including crops and livestock by changing from unproductive rice production to high-value crops and livestock in an aim to develop a modern, sustainable, high-tech urban farming sector, which will lead to higher productivity and quality, greater competitiveness and improved efficiency. As the amount of cultivated land within the city continues to shrink, the city has increasingly considered high-tech solutions as the key to high-productivity agriculture. For this to happen, the city started work on the construction of the 88ha high-tech agricultural zone in Pham Van Coi Commune, Cu Chi District in 2000. The zone has bred crops, provided training, performed and transferred technology and attracted investment in cultivation. Ho Chi Minh City's goals for three stages of high-tech agricultural development: - 2010-2015: Establishing 3-4 high-tech livestock and seafood farming zones; - 2015-2020: Putting into operation 4-5 high-tech agricultural zones, supporting the development of cleaner-technology seed production businesses, and building high-tech farming models in specific ecological areas; and - 2025: Developing the city's urban agriculture, eco-farming and high-tech farming application to the regional level. Many businesses in the zone have carried out research into seed varieties and set up high-productivity vegetable…... [read more]

Viet Nam has become known for its remarkable feat in becoming an agricultural powerhouse in a relatively short time, but it seems that the benefits accrued to farmers are not commensurate with the country’s comparative advantages and efforts. Ba Vi Hightech dairy farm in Ba Vi District, Ha Noi.  Far reaching agricultural reforms over the past 30 years have provided farmers with ‘catalysts’ and motives to produce and earn their living in a market-driven, open economy, becoming self-reliant in the process. These reforms have enabled significant achievements in export, food security and poverty reduction. However, recent studies have shown that agricultural growth has been slowing down and that added value created in the sector as well as benefits to farmers do not match the efforts made. About 24 million workers, i.e. 25 per cent of the country’s population or about 45 per cent of the country’s labour force, are engaged in agricultural production, but the sector has only contributed roughly 17 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) and this has been decreasing for many years now. The number of agricultural businesses makes up less than 1 per cent of total businesses in Viet Nam (4,000 out of 420,000 businesses nationwide). Loans provided to agricultural businesses also account for just 10 per cent of total outstanding loans in the banking system. These figures show agriculture has become significantly less attractive for investment. While the gap between the current status of agricultural production and the new requirements for development…... [read more]

The “gain in output, loss in price” lesson is a bitter disheartening experience for Vietnamese farmers. Vietnam's agricultural sector is facing numerous difficulties and challenges while industrial growth showed signs of slowing down. Smart agricultural development is sluggish due to shortcomings and barriers to land, market and capital. At present, Vietnam has three hi-tech agricultural zones approved by the Prime Minister in Hau Giang, Phu Yen and Bac Lieu provinces. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development granted certificates to 26 hi- tech agricultural companies. In addition, three provinces built plans for construction of hi-tech agricultural zones, namely Thai Nguyen, Thanh Hoa and Lam Dong. Dr Doan Cong Khanh (Research Institute for Trade) said that agricultural restructuring has not touched enterprises and entrepreneurs. Vietnam’s care for agricultural development and priority for farmers are right but ineffective approaches. Although there are many incentive policies, few companies are interested in agricultural investment. Meanwhile, agriculture will not be able to be modernised if there is no business. Agricultural companies were insignificant by the end of 2015. According to statistics, only 1.01 per cent of established companies were engaged in agriculture in 2014, mostly small entities. Up to 55 per cent of companies had less than VND5 billion of registered capital. The impact of loosened agricultural and rural policies seems to reach the peak, even some becoming barriers to development. There are many agricultural and rural investment incentive policies but they are ineffective. According to Mr…... [read more]

In the 2001-2005 period, the total investment capital for agriculture reached approximately VND109,000 billion, of which, around VND29,000 billion came from the State budget, making up between 15-17 percent of annual investment capital from the State budget while real demand needs 25-30 percent. At National Assembly (NA) sessions, many NA deputies shared the common view that farmers are those who often face least and suffer most.In comparison to contributions by the agriculture and rural development sector, which account for 20 percent of GDP, the investment level for the sector in previous years was not sufficient. In addition, effective mechanisms and policies have not yet been issued to encourage and draw investment into upgrading agricultural and rural infrastructure. Deputy head of the Enterprise Renovation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Dinh Quang Tuan said agricultural production suffers risks from many sides, particularly natural conditions, market fluctuations, low interest rates, slow capital returns due to the requirement to crop and animal cycles. Therefore, enterprises have focused less investment on agriculture and rural development. Apart from this, soaring market prices in recent times, poor rural infrastructure facilities and expensive services have sent farmers into a tailspin. The Enterprise Renovation Department said that most agriculture and rural development businesses are small and medium-sized. A worker at an FDI enterprise or State-owned enterprise can generate an average of VND341 million and VND300 million per year, respectively, while the one at an agricultural enterprise generate only VND52 million per year, and only 60…... [read more]




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