Deputy PM affirms farmers’ role in changing agriculture

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy
Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has affirmed that farmers play a decisive role in
changing the face of Vietnam’s agriculture in the future. 

He was speaking at the second
national farmers’ forum themed “Farmers are ready for agriculture 4.0”
co-hosted by the Vietnam Farmers’ Union (VFU) Central Committee, the Ministry
of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and
the Ministry of Science and Technology in Hanoi on October 14.

The Deputy PM asked concerned ministries
and agencies to deal with obstacles regarding capital, human resources, market
and technology and devise specific policies in support of farmers and agribusinesses.

VFU Chairman Lai Xuan Mon said the
event served as a chance for scientists, speakers, managers, scientists and
farmers to discuss impacts of the fourth industrial revolution on Vietnam’s agriculture,
farmers and rural areas; the current situation and future trends; opportunities
and challenges arising from the fourth industrial revolution.

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Bo, former
Director of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, suggested that the
State should create a transparent and easily-accessible legal corridor for producers,
ramp up infrastructure and build a database compatible with sectors and

Participants shared a view that
farmers not only need capital and markets but should also prepare human
resources to operate modern equipment and seek suitable technologies used for
agricultural production.

They urged the government,
ministries, agencies, localities, and VFU to offer more training courses to
farmers so that they could grasp opportunities and overcome challenges.

The same day, a competition “I am
farmer 4.0” was launched in the capital city.

The six-month competition, the
first of its kind, is open to Vietnamese individuals and groups of individuals that
adopt technological solutions to farming production.

The awards ceremony is scheduled
for late May 2018.-VNA

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