The Hanoitimes - Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a conference in Hanoi on January 3 with scientists discussing measures for restructuring agriculture and building new rural areas to deal with climate change in integration process.
Speaking at the conference, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong affirmed that during the past 30 years, scientists have contributed significantly to the overall success of the entire agricultural sector. However, the agriculture sector is still facing challenges posed by climate change.
The minister stressed that science-technology is one of the key solutions to restructuring agriculture and building new rural areas.
According to minister Cuong, to cope with challenges posed by climate change, the agriculture sector should switch from dependence on small-scale households to concentrated goods production.
Strengthening the application of advanced science and technology is the only way to implement this target, the minister said, adding that scientists along with institutes and universities will play an important role in connecting the State, scientists, businesses and farmers.
The conference has witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements between institutes, universities and businesses. Photo by Thien Tu
He alos emphasised that it is necessary to make use of international science, finance and experience to build an environmentally adaptive and globally integrative agriculture.
According to participants mentioned at the conference, scientific study mainly depends on the State’s financial resources, while there are shortcomings in applying science-technology in agricultural production. Many farm produce have yet to be developed national brands.
In order to restructure the agriculture in combination with building new rural areas, the most important thing now is evaluating all possible risks, according to the Vietnam Irrigation Association.
The conference also witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements between institutes, universities and businesses.
The Vietnam Fisheries and the Hung Vuong JSC agreed to jointly establish production and supply chains of high-quality tra fish varieties.
Besides, the Research Institute for Aquaculture No.2 and Vietnam-Australia Group will coordinate to study and transfer the technology of brackish shrimp production.
The Vietnam Agricultural Sciences Institute and the Loc Troi Group will join hands to study and transfer technology of plants and fertiliser.
The Agricultural Genetics Institute and the Tra Vinh University is jointly planning to study and transfer technology in the selection of coconuts and other crops.
Translated by Thu Minh