The Prime Minister has approved a master plan for hi-tech agriculture zones through 2020, a move to put domestic farming on the sustainable development track and ensure national food security.

Besides previously-approved hi-tech farming parks in Hau Giang and Phu Yen, another eight will be built in Ho Chi Minh City, the northern provinces of Thai Nguyen and Quang Ninh, the central province of Thanh Hoa, the southern province of Khanh Hoa, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, and southern Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong and Can Tho city.

Farming zones applying technological advances dedicated to coffee trees are mostly in the Central Highlands, northwest and north central regions.

Meanwhile, the plan designates areas for green tea in Thai Nguyen; oolong tea in Lam Dong; dragon fruit in Binh Thuan; and vegetables in Lao Cai, Hanoi , Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City and Lam Dong.

Flowers will be grown in Lao Cai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Lam Dong and fruit for export will be grown in the southeast and Mekong Delta.

Son La, Hanoi, Nghe An and Lam Dong will gear towards dairy cow farming, and the Red River Delta, Mekong Delta, northeast and north central regions will adopt hi-tech innovations in fowl breeding. Hi-tech pig raising will be developed in the Red River Delta and the southeast.

Shrimp farming zones will be predominantly in the Red River Delta, Mekong Delta, north central, coastal south central and southeast regions.

By 2030, studies on zoning off hi-tech agriculture areas will be conducted in Lao Cai, Phu Tho, Son La, Hanoi, Hai Phong, Nghe An, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Tien Giang, among others, to reveal the impact of the programme.-VNA