Acting President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh (front, second, right) meets with exemplary farmers in Hanoi on October 12 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Acting State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has urged the Vietnam Farmers’ Union (VNFU) to accelerate the movement “Farmers 4.0” aiming to apply scientific and technological advances to create farm produce of better quality and generate higher economic benefits for farmers.

The Acting President made the statement while hosting a reception in Hanoi on October 12 for a delegation of exemplary Vietnamese farmers who will be honoured at the upcoming sixth “Pride of Vietnamese Farmers” programme 2018.

She praised the VNFU for its active and creative activities to build trust and motivate the farmers to achieve numerous achievements in socio-economic development, thus contributing to the cause of national construction and development.

As 2018 marks 70 years since President Ho Chi Minh’s call for patriotic emulation, the leader asked the VNFU to focus on facilitating the emulation movements in a stronger and more effective fashion, while giving better care to policy beneficiaries, national contributors and those living in disadvantaged circumstances.

Also the same day, Acting President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh met with representatives of outstanding small and medium-sized Vietnamese enterprises (SMEs) in 2018.

They are the enterprises and entrepreneurs who have provided practical support for needy children via the National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC) at all levels, as well as social security programmes.

Thinh applauded the good deeds and kind hearts of the SMEs in offering practical support for needy children across Vietnam, while asking the NFVC to continue calling for further support from businesses, entrepreneurs and philanthropists, aiming to ensure a safe and healthy environment in which for all Vietnamese children to live, study and grow.

She highlighted the importance of SMEs in the country’s economic development, making up 45 percent of the country’s GDP and 31 percent of budget revenue and generating more than five million jobs annually. -VNA