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Thua Thien – Hue (VNA) – The central province of Thua Thien-Hue is focusing on 12 priority projects worth nearly 1,196 billion VND (52 million USD) to speed up agricultural restructuring between now and 2020.

They include the upgrading of a storm-proof wharf and expansion of Thuan An fishing port, construction of infrastructure for aquaculture in Phong Hai commune, Phong Dien district, and for shrimp breeding in Phu Vang and Phu Loc districts, coastal forest and lagoon development, forestation, and rural infrastructure construction.

The province also pools resources for a project on enhancing food safety management and building a food safety production and trade chain for the 2016-2020 period, and others regarding the development of coastal forests, the improvement of grapefruit output and quality, large-scale fields for rice, groundnut and vegetables, and breeding pig and cow farms. 

It aims for a sustainable agriculture in combination with new rural development and environment protection.

Priority fields for restructuring include cultivation, animal husbandry, forestry, fisheries, irrigation, processing industry, and key agricultural commodities.

In cultivation, about 3,300ha of rice growing in mountainous, coastal and water-scarce areas will be shifted to corn, groundnut, vegetables, flowers growing and aquaculture.

By 2020, the forest area will reach 293,250ha, including 122, 100ha of commercial forests.

Meanwhile, around 900ha will be for shrimp breeding on sand for export with a capacity of about 13,500 tonnes.

A fleet of offshore fishing vessels with a capacity of at least 90CV will be increased by 30 percent by 2020, towards raising seafood output by over 70 percent.

Thua Thien-Hue strives for an agriculture growth of over 3.5 percent, with seed and fisheries outputs of 310,000 – 320,000 tonnes and 73,000 tonnes per year, respectively, and double income of rural families by 2020.-VNA