Agricultural sector is stepping up restructuring - Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The agricultural sector is focusing on stepping up restructuring associated with growth model reform and new-style rural area building in order to effectively carry out the Government’s resolution on major tasks and measures to implement the 2019 socio-economic development plan and State budget estimates.

To achieve all set targets, the sector will work to build a smart agriculture, intensify international integration, adapt to climate change, increase the added value and boost sustainable development in combination with the building of prosperous and civilised new-style rural areas.

It aims for 3 percent in GDP growth, 3.11 percent in agro-fishery-forestry production value increase, and over 43 billion USD in agro-fishery-forestry export turnover. The forest coverage is projected to reach 41.85 percent, while the rate of new-style rural communes is aimed at 50 percent, and at least 70 districts will be recognised new-style rural areas.

The sector will implement three strategic breakthroughs in a synchronous, drastic and effective manner, including reforming and improving institutions to develop the socialist-oriented market economy in agriculture; building agricultural and rural infrastructure facilities modernly and synchronously; and increasing the quality of human resources and stepping up vocational training for farmers.

Attention will be also paid to increasing the sector’s competitiveness so as to raise national competitiveness, using science and technology to serve agricultural development with the focus on major export staples, and taking advantage of opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to develop hi-tech and organic agriculture.

The sector will effectively implement a project to develop 15,000 cooperatives and alliances of cooperatives during 2017-2020 and develop a cooperative model applying high technology in agricultural production and business. It strives to have 11,250 agricultural cooperatives which operate effectively by the end of 2019.-VNA