Farmers harvest tea buds in the Song Cau tea farming area of Dong Hy district, Thai Nguyen province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has asked heads of the steering committee for national target programmes and leaders of localities to apply various measures to speed up the One Commune-One Product (OCOP) programme.

The committee and localities were requested to direct advisory agencies towards completing project plans that realise the OCOP programme, and submit them to heads of the People’s Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities for approval.

At the same time, they must arrange the implementation of the OCOP – which focuses on developing agricultural and non-agricultural products with high potential, as well as services in each locality based on the value chain, in line with the Prime Minister’s Decision No.490/QD-TTg.

They should assign specific tasks to each provincial and district agency, while launching surveys to choose strong products for each commune and district to promote, and joining national trade promotion programmes and OCOP product contests at the end of 2019.

Over the past few years, the MARD has coordinated with ministries, central agencies, and advisory units to support localities in building plans to realise the OCOP programme.

So far, the programme has already been underway in many provinces and cities.

At the same time, the MARD has honoured 22 provinces and cities that have finished their approval of projects and plans to conduct the programme, including Bac Kan, Bac Giang, Quang Ninh, Binh Thuan, Can Tho, Dong Thap, Dak Nong, and Ha Giang.

In particular, Quang Ninh has started the second phase of the project; while Bac Kan, Ha Tinh, and Quang Nam have launched the national OCOP process. –VNA