Technology application is needed in agricultural development. (Photo: anninhthudo.vn)

Can Tho (VNA) – The implementation of “One Commune One Product” (OCOP) scheme is essential for the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho to promote startup spirit among local farmers, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam.

Nam made the statement while addressing the conference held in the city on August 22 to launch the OCOP scheme for 2018-2020, with orientation to 2030.

He stressed the need for the engagement of scientists, who will join local authorities and relevant agencies’ efforts to carry out this scheme.

Local authorities should issue legal regulations and policies regarding technical training, science and technology application, brand building, trade promotion, product advertising, and goods and services area planning, he said.

According to Nguyen Ngoc He, Director of the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, through the implementation of the project, the local agricultural sector can conduct transfer of agricultural production structure to boost the development of rural economy, thus contributing to realising the agricultural and rural industrialisation and modernisation as well as raising incomes for farmer households.

The scheme will enable localities develop production and business organisation forms, focusing on cooperatives and small- and medium-sized enterprises, in order to create highly competitive products at home and abroad, he said.

Can Tho sets a target of standarising 400 existing rural tourism products and services and developing 100 new ones by 2020. I will recognise or certify at least nine five-star national-level OCOP products, and develop 8-10 tourism and culture villages that meet 3 to 5-star standards.   

The city strives to consolidate 200 existing economic organisations involving tourism products and services and have at least 60 economic organisations engaging in the OCOP scheme.

One of the measures the city will take to realise these goals is to promote communication campaigns to raise public awareness of the scheme while encouraging people to submit their product ideas.-VNA