Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue (Source: VNA) 
Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has affirmed that farmers play a decisive role in changing the face of Vietnam’s agriculture in the future. 

He was speaking at the second national farmers’ forum themed “Farmers are ready for agriculture 4.0” co-hosted by the Vietnam Farmers’ Union (VFU) Central Committee, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Ministry of Science and Technology in Hanoi on October 14.

The Deputy PM asked concerned ministries and agencies to deal with obstacles regarding capital, human resources, market and technology and devise specific policies in support of farmers and agribusinesses.

VFU Chairman Lai Xuan Mon said the event served as a chance for scientists, speakers, managers, scientists and farmers to discuss impacts of the fourth industrial revolution on Vietnam’s agriculture, farmers and rural areas; the current situation and future trends; opportunities and challenges arising from the fourth industrial revolution.

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Bo, former Director of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, suggested that the State should create a transparent and easily-accessible legal corridor for producers, ramp up infrastructure and build a database compatible with sectors and markets.

Participants shared a view that farmers not only need capital and markets but should also prepare human resources to operate modern equipment and seek suitable technologies used for agricultural production.

They urged the government, ministries, agencies, localities, and VFU to offer more training courses to farmers so that they could grasp opportunities and overcome challenges.

The same day, a competition “I am farmer 4.0” was launched in the capital city.

The six-month competition, the first of its kind, is open to Vietnamese individuals and groups of individuals that adopt technological solutions to farming production.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for late May 2018.-VNA