Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh speaks at the annual meeting (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Working groups under the public-private partnership (PPP) format for agriculture products should build an effective cooperation mechanism in order to develop the market, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said at an annual meeting of the group in Hanoi on August 16.

The establishment of groups – specifically for coffee, tea, peppercorn and other spices, fruit and vegetables, seafood, rice, and agrochemicals – under the Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture in Vietnam (PSAV) aim to attract more businesses to join the local agricultural production chain, he added.

Doanh emphasised that Vietnam has always encouraged businesses to lead in promoting the market, particularly in creating high-added value and sustainable products.

It is hoped that the groups can connect businesses with pilot localities so as to create policy and institutional breakthroughs, and consequentially draw in private investment and agricultural restructuring.

According to Le Thi Hoai Thuong, head of the department of external relations from Nestle Vietnam, the coffee group has shifted to the chain connection model to try and increase the value of Vietnamese coffee with the ambition of turning the country into a global reference point for robusta coffee.

At present, more than 80,000 farm households are involved in the coffee production chain with 97,000ha of plantations.

Meanwhile, the peppercorn and spices group has followed the global trend of forecasting import markets early on, as well as building a document guiding sustainable pepper production.

It also built data integrating software on agrochemical products for usage in pepper cultivation, in addition to training over 126,000 farmers, according to deputy general director of the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Quy Duong.–VNA