The agricultural sector reviews works in 2018
The agricultural sector reviews works in 2018 (18/01/2019)
On the morning of January 3, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a national online conference on reviewing works in 2018 and launching tasks for 2019. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Minister of MARD Nguyen Xuan Cuong chaired the meeting. In Quang Nam, Vice Chairman Le Tri Thanh and representatives of departments and agencies attended.
Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong informed that in 2018, the major aggregate targets of the agricultural sector in 2018 exceeded the whole-year plan and were higher than that of the previous year. Specifically, the gross domestic product (GDP) of agriculture, forestry and fishery expanded by 3.76% to reach the highest level in the last seven years, while the production value increased by 3.86%. Forest coverage hit 41.65%. The export revenues of the sector stood at US$40.02 billion, resulting in a trade surplus of US$8.72 billion. 42.4 % were recognized as new-style rural areas. 
The agriculture and rural development sector actively responded to complicated developments of weather, while being flexible in adapting to changes in the agricultural market and ensuring safe production. 
However, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong pointed out limitations, weaknesses, and many challenges that must be overcome in the time ahead. 
In Quang Nam, the production of agriculture, forestry and fishery achieved a high growth rate compared to the same period last year. The value of agricultural, forestry and fishery production is estimated at VND 13,590 billion, an increase of 5.24% compared to the same period of 2017. in 2018, Quang Nam allocated more than 211 billion VND to implement mechanisms and policies to encourage agricultural and rural development. By Octoberr 31st, 2018, Quang Nam had he average number of NTM criteria meeting the standard of 204 communes was 13.51% of the criteria / commune, increasing 0.4 criteria / commune compared to 2017. The model of cooperatives grew in both quality and quantity. The scheme of agricultural restructuring is accelerated. Until now, the proportion of agriculture-forestry-fishery is 61.48% -8.89% -29.63%. The value of the agricultural sector increased by an average of 5.1% / year
Speaking at the conference, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc highly appreciated the efforts made by the entire agricultural sector. The PM proposed Viet Nam join the world’s top 15 developed agriculture nations and the world’s top 10 agricultural processing countries, asking the sector to become the center of the world’s wood processing and exporter and the world’s largest shrimp producer. He said, insisting that the agricultural growth in 2019 must reach at least 3%, while agricultural exports hit approximately US$43 billion.
Mr. Phuc suggested launching better laws and eliminating backward regulations to enhance the development of the agricultural sector. It is necessary to restructure the agricultural growth model and promote the new rural establishment, focusing on the establishment of key products at national, provincial and local levels. He stressed the importance of market forecasting works, including balancing supply and demand, development of new markets and building trade marks in agriculture from rice, shrimps, rice and tra fish. He asked to  asked to strengthen the application of science and technology, giving priority to high-tech and biological technology, part. 

Translator: Nhat Ha

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