An Giang advised to speed up digital transformation in agriculture hinh anh 1An Giang farmers harvest rice (Photo: VNA)
An Giang (VNA) – An Giang should work towards the target of digital transformation in agriculture, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan told leaders of the Mekong Delta province on June 28.

Minister Hoan said that the agricultural industry of An Giang in particular and the whole country in general is facing three challenges of climate change, market fluctuations and changes in consumer trends.

Therefore, it is time for An Giang to immediately embark on digital transformation in agriculture and rural areas and among farmers, which may start from the formation of codes of growing areas for the province’s key agricultural products such as tra fish, rice, mango and vegetables, and consider this a revolution to change locals’ thinking in agricultural production, he stressed.

Local authorities should step up the application of science and technology in agricultural production and pay more attention to market forecast, and development of both export and domestic markets, he added.

According to Vice Chairperson of the provincial People's Committee Tran Anh Thu, in the 2016-2020 period, An Giang focused on synchronously implementing many major programmes and projects such as restructuring the agricultural sector and shifting the crop structure from rice to vegetables and fruit trees, and developing the fisheries sector sustainably.

In the period, the sector’s growth rate was averaged at 2.86 percent, the average agricultural production value reached 192 million VND (8,316 USD) per hectare in 2020, 72 million VND higher than that in 2015, and per capita income in rural areas hit 49 million VND a year./.