HCM City to pay interest for hi-tech farms hinh anh 1Using smart technologies to grow cantaloupe at the Hi-Tech Agriculture Park in HCM City ​(Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNA)Ho Chi Minh City will subsidise interests on bank loans by up to 100 percent to support individuals and organisations who help transform its agricultural sector.

Resolution No 10/2017 of the municipal People’s Council, which seeks to encourage investment to transform the farm sector into a modern, efficient and sustainable one in 2017-20, provides for the subsidy.

The loan amount entitled to the support will be based on the investment scale and the regulations of the lending organisation. 

The subsidy will be equal to the average 12-month VND deposit interest rate at four State-owned banks - Agribank, BIDV, Vietcombank, Vietinbank - plus 2 percent.

If the lending interest rate is lower than the subsidy rate, the subsidy provided will be equal to the former.

The subsidy will cover the following components: basic construction, machinery and equipment for agricultural production and processing, harvesting birds’ nest, buying new fishing vessels and upgrading machine capacity, replacing existing unproductive dairy cows, and seed and hi-tech agricultural production.

The term of support will depend on the approved production cycle but not exceed five years.

Individuals and organisations investing in growing orchids and bonsai, raising ornamental fishes, cows for dairy and meat, and aquaculture will get 80 percent interest subsidy.

Those signing contracts for production and consumption of agricultural products, buying raw materials to develop rural areas, fishing, animal feed production, and eco-tourism will get 60 percent subsidy.

The support term will not exceed 12 months in case of crop and livestock farming with a production cycle of less than 12 months.

If production cycles exceed 12 months, the duration will depend on the cycle but not exceed 36 months.

For consumption of agricultural products too, the support will last from 12 to 36 months.-VNA