The Hanoitimes - Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has urged the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and relevant State agencies to strengthen management over forest and forest land planning, complete policies on forest protection and development.
Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Trinh Dinh Dung chaired a conference held in the central province of Nghe An on March 17 to review the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s forest protection and development between 2011 and 2016 and set out tasks for 2016-2020.
As reported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in the 2011-2016 period, which was set for forestry restructuring, forestry production value grew 6.57% per year on average, while the rate of forest coverage inched up from 39.7% to 41.19%.
Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung makes a speech at the conference.
The average forestry export value from 2011 to 2015 stood at US$6.52 billion per year, more than doubling that of the previous five-year period. It hit US$7.3 billion in 2016.
Delegates mentioned some obstacles facing the sector during the period, such as illegal logging, timber trafficking, and ineffective implementation of forest planting plans.
The contribution of the forestry sector to the national economy is still low, far from its potential, the participants added.
At the conference, delegates delivered presentations on the causes and outcomes of the implementation of forest protection and development associated with the restructuring of the forestry sector.
At the conference.
Based on those facts, goals were set for 2016-2020, targeting the development of a sustainable forestry sector, with a total budget of nearly VND59.6 trillion (US$2.6 billion).
The forestry sector will work to increase its average production value to between 5.5% and 6% yearly, forest coverage rate to 42 percent, and export value to at least US$8 billion annually from now to 2020.
Speaking at the conference, Deputy PM Dung spoke highly of the significant outcomes attained by the forestry sector over the years, while highlighting the importance of forest preservation and development work.
The Deputy PM acknowledged the sector’s achievement from 2011-2016 and urged the ministry to strive for completing the 2016-2020 target programme on sustainable forestry development.
He required the ministry and relevant State agencies to tighten the management of forest land planning, mobilise capital from society in implementing the programme, and complete policies and mechanisms on forest protection and development, among other tasks.
He stressed that efforts must be made to realise the common goals of increased productivity and quality, climate change adaptation, and poverty alleviation.
The agricultural ministry took the occasion to propose that the Government continues to arrange capital for forest protection and expansion projects, prioritise ODA-funded forestry projects, particularly in the Central Highlands, as well as soon approve a report on the feasibility of the sustainable forestry programme and a forest restoration project for the Central Highlands.
Translated by Nguyen Xuan