Farming restructure: Innovation to increase added value

Farming products account for a large proportion of total agricultural products. However, the growth of farming seems unstable growth in many years and slows down recently, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat addressed at Farming Restructure Conference on 23 September, 2014.

In 2011, farming saw an increase of 2.4% in value but only 2.3% in 2013. The low growth rate of farming leads to the decrease in growth of agricultural- forestry – fishery products.

Rice is the main farming product in many localities but it is difficult to increase the growth of this product, especially when the area of farmland cannot be expanded.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has implemented the Project “Agriculture Restructure on added value and sustainable development” to reach the full potential of this field.

Minister Phat added that the awareness and approach to farming must be innovated first. It is required to change the production mode, approach method from quantity approach to improve sustainable added value and more specifically, towards the income of sustainable farmers.

 “Additionally, we need to have synchronous methods to implement succesffuly the plan”, Phat emphasized.

Along with the restructuring scheme of cultivation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development also conducted a parallel plan for the protection of vegetation (PPD) to accelerate the structure of cultivation.

Nguyen Xuan Hong, Director of the Department of Plant Protection (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) revealed at present, farmers still mainly rely on pesticides to protect plants. Abuse of pesticides has strongly increased the cost of production.

"We can reduce 50% of current pesticides. Many experts have assessed that 80% of injection drug is not necessary" Mr. Hong said.

Currently, the restructuring of the farming sector has been performing strongly on three key products: rice, coffee and cashew. However, according to the Minister, there are still many difficulties to implement this project.

In the coming time, localities and businesses need to identify the key products with high competitiveness to invest in and obtain the highest efficiency.

Since then, there will be appropriate evaluation and replication of such investments in the whole country.

Source: Web Portal of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development