The Mekong delta province of Bac Lieu has set a target for 2014 to harvest 1 million tonnes of rice and 275,000 tonnes of aquatic products, which are components of its spearhead economic sector .

The province advocates maintaining the current rice cultivation area, taking proactive control of pandemics along with multiplying efficient production models including the large-scale field one.

Its agricultural sector is also about to help local farmers apply advanced technology in production to generate high-yield and low-cost produce.

In addition, the locality intends to better the collaboration of the sides involved in the large-scale field model and other collaborative models as well as help enterprises invest in places which are imbedded with high-quality materials for export.

In terms of aquatic cultivation, Bac Lieu will home in on developing offshore exploitation and breeding cages of aquatic varieties such as mudskipper and prawn under the VietGAP standards in hope to help locals diversify their income streams and contribute to mitigating environmental pollution.

In particular, the local agricultural sector encourages farmers to adopt high-tech and intensive prawn breeding models.

Despite difficulties facing local agriculture and aquaculture production last year, it still produced 990,500 tonnes of rice and 263,000 tonnes of aquatic products, more than double the yearly target.-VNA