A farmer at hi-tech agriculture center in Quang Ninh province (Photo: VNA)
Quang Ninh (VNA) – The northern province of Quang Ninh will focus on improving the investment climate and competitiveness to help businesses invest in agriculture, a local official has said.

Speaking at a conference held in the locality on May 7, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Long called on the business community to boost investment in animal husbandry, modern abattoirs and seafood farming and processing.

He noted the province’s resolve to develop commercial production of agricultural products and improving their quality and economic value.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan suggested the province concentrate on three pillars of agriculture, which are value-added production, new-style rural areas, and infrastructure and capacity to mitigate natural disasters and protect natural resources.

Recently, Quang Ninh has built a chain of products for agriculture, including the one commune one product (OCOP) programme, which aims to promote local farm produce.

The province has planned hi-tech agriculture parks such as Dong Trieu, Dam Ha and Van Don. It also attracted investments from a number of domestic and foreign companies in major projects.

At the conference, the provincial People’s Committee granted certificates of investment to two projects: the Vietnam-Australia Seafood Company’s major shrimp breeding project using greenhouse technology in Dam Ha district and the Vingroup’s Vineco Agricultural Investment, Production and Development Co., Ltd, worth over 628 billion VND (28.26 million USD).

The province also signed memoranda of understanding on investment cooperation with research institutes and strategic partners in pig farming and hi-tech application in agriculture.-VNA