PM Phuc affirmed that agriculture, farmers and rural development continued to be an important mainstay of the economy despite difficulties this year. Despite being affected by many difficulties and challenges, the Agriculture sector still maintains a relatively high growth rate. PM hailed the sector for fulfilling four important goals assigned by the Party and State, including achieving a growth rate of over 2.65 percent, record export revenue of 41.2 billion USD, a trade surplus of 10.4 billion USD, and five groups of products gaining more than 3 billion USD in export revenues.
Regarding the processing industry in agriculture, he said 68 farm produce processing plants have been built over the past five years, including 20 establishments constructed in 2020. Targets in new rural development have also been surpassed.
The PM also praised the agriculture sector for making efforts in flood and drought prevention and control, helping to mitigate losses of humans and property.
For 2021, the PM required the sector to spare no efforts to achieve a growth rate of around 3 percent, increase the value of agro-forestry-fisheries production by over 3 percent and raise forest coverage to 42 percent, plant 1 billion trees in urban, remote and rural areas, establish 2,000 new agriculture cooperatives to raise the total number to about 20,000, 16,500 of them operate effectively.
He asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to allocate mid-term capital for the sector for the 2021-2025 period, including stepping up the adoption of digital technology for production and consumption as well as attracting more enterprises to agriculture, especially foreign-invested firms.
Localities and producers were required to supply high-quality products with good designs and food safety to the domestic market, ensure the supply of pork at reasonable prices for the upcoming Lunar New Year festival.
So far, 62 percent of communes nationwide were recognised as new-style rural areas, up 8 percent from 2019. Up to 173 district-level units gained the status, or 61 higher than last year. The provinces of Nam Dinh, Dong Nai and Hung Yen completed new-style rural building and nine other cities and provinces are completing procedures to fulfill the task.
Some 859 million trees were prepared for afforestation, while 220,000 ha of new forests have been planted this year, achieving the set target, heard the conference.