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Hanoi (VNA) – Cultivation law should be issued to facilitate plantation and improve values and competitiveness of agricultural products to meet domestic and export demand.

Phan Xuan Dung, Chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee on Science, Technology and Environment, made the statement at a conference that was held in Hanoi on March 20 to seek international experience and comments on the draft cultivation law.

Dung said that once the law takes effect, comprehensive management will be applied for cultivation activities in value chains.

Regarding the draft law on cultivation, Nguyen Hong Son, Head of the Crop Production Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that as compared to the Ordinance on Plant Varieties, the draft has some new points, including the recognition of local aged old varieties in production and private sector involvement in the testing of plant varieties.

The draft law also regulates the focused production zones and management of plantation zones to encourage the production value chain. Contracts to connect farmers with enterprises are also stipulated in the draft law.

At the event, representatives from the Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Oxfam talked about challenges and trend of the global agricultural production as well as the role of the farmers in varieties management and food security.

The conference will close on March 21.-VNA