Agriculture, rural area development urged hinh anh 1Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh attends the workshop. (Photo: Nhandan)

The agriculture sector needs to mobilise domestic and international resources to boost the industrialisation and modernisation of the agricultural and rural economic sectors.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh made the statement during a workshop on August 20 in Hanoi, co-organised by the Party Central Committee’s (PCC) Economic Commission, the Communist Review magazine and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Deputy PM Ninh urged the sector to review its existing development blueprints while designing specific plans for developing key and highly competitive products as well as large-scale and concentrated agricultural production areas.

Head of the PCC Economic Commission Vuong Dinh Hue reiterated that the Party and State have continuously attached importance to agriculture and rural development, as reflected in a number of policies issued over the past 30 years.

He hailed the sector’s achievements, saying that these have contributed significantly to the socio-economic and political stability of the country as well as poverty reduction.

However, industrialisation and modernisation of the sector remains slow and failed to fulfil targets, Hue said, attributing it to the inadequate knowledge about the need to reform growth model and restructure the economy, a lack of breakthrough institutional changes to effectively mobilise and use social resources in line with the market economy and the failure of the national industrial development policy in identifying and focusing on key fields for each period.

Meanwhile, the Communist Review’s Editor-in-chief Vu Van Phuc stressed the need for the modernisation and industrialisation of the sector, saying it will be the shortest way to boost agricultural production, enhance productivity and improve living conditions for rural residents.

Reports heard at the workshop revealed that the agro-fishery and forestry sector saw a year-on-year GDP growth of 3.7 percent from 1986 to 2013.

In 2014, the sector contributed 18 percent to the GDP with rural workers accounting for only 47 percent of the national workforce, down from 70 percent in 1990.

It also earned more than 30 billion USD from exports in 2014.-VNA