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Hau Giang (VNA)
– The new-style cooperative model will be piloted in the Mekong Delta from 2016 to 2017, an official said at a conference in Hau Giang province on July 14.

This is the first phase of a scheme to pilot and replicate the new-style cooperative model in the Mekong River Delta in the period of 2016-2020, according to Nguyen Van Doan, head of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI)’s Cooperative Department.

Priority will be given to consolidating and restructuring the operations of all regional existing cooperatives in line with the Law on Cooperatives 2012, while increasing the numbers of members and their capital contribution.

The project also encourages the establishment of cooperatives in rice, fruit and seafood, while offering incentives to cooperatives and cooperative unions involved in agricultural value-chains.

The MoPI will propose to the Government to give support to cooperatives that develop under an autonomous financial mechanism.

Under the project, training courses will be conducted to build the capacity of cooperative managerial and technical staff. It will strengthen connectivity in agricultural production, expand consumption markets, and develop the infrastructure facilities of cooperatives.

Director of the Hau Giang Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Van Dong pointed to the significant role of human resources in the efficient operation of new-style cooperatives, saying that they need to lure skilled and young intellectuals in the cooperative management boards.

According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam, the project will bring about a breakthrough in agriculture development in the Mekong Delta, particularly in the fields of rice, fruit and aquatic farming.

The project aims to help farmers overcome disadvantages in the market, increase their benefits through a link to the agricultural value-chain, thus improving the socio-economic and cultural living conditions for local farmers, Nam said.

The scheme to pilot and replicate the new style cooperative model in the Mekong River Delta in the period of 2016-2020” was approved by the Government in March 2016.-VNA