Agriculture sector aims to complete 1.2 percent growth target


The agricultural sector was urged to exert all-out efforts in the remaining months of the year to realise the sector’s growth target of at least 1.2 percent in 2016.

Speaking at a press conference hosted by the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MARD) in Hanoi on November 9, Deputy Minister Ha Cong Tuan said the sector will take measures to maintain growth of fruit, vegetable and aquaculture exports.

He asked for special attention to fostering exports, controlling quality of exports and ensuring food safety to ensure entry to demanding markets like Japan and Europe.

According to the deputy minister, Vietnam’s key aquatic exports like shrimp and Tra fish recorded stable growth in the first ten months of 2016.

Export turnover of fruit and vegetables is estimated to reach about 2.5 billion USD, whilst aquaculture growth is expected to increase 7-8 percent.

The breeding and forestry industries are set to reach growth of 5 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

Regarding the livestock industry, localities were requested to keep track of the epidemiological situation, especially in the rainy season.

The Department of Livestock Production is responsible for outlining vaccination plans and directing localities to implement them. 

The MARD also asked sectors and localities to devise measures to deal with the La Nina phenomenon, which causes rain and negative effects on agriculture production, especially this year’s winter-spring rice crop and the growing of industrial plants.

If these key fields can maintain their growth in 2016’s remaining months, they will help ensure the sector’s yearly growth target, compensating for the declining growth of food items, including rice, Tuan said.

Vietnamese businesses need to better understand China’s trade procedures and market to achieve higher export turnover, heard a conference yesterday in Ha Noi.

“Not only did the conference bring information on the Chinese market and opportunities for major Vietnamese products to China such as rice or coffee, it also helped answer domestic businesses’ questions on export procedures into China,” said Do Kim Lang, Deputy Director General of the Viet Nam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) at the conference.

Vietrade and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) held the conference in collaboration with the Viet Nam’s trade promotion office in Chongqing, China, focusing on export opportunities into Chinese market.

The conference centred on China’s market information and export opportunities for Vietnamese firms, aiming to increase Viet Nam’s exports into China and attract investment from China to Viet Nam.

According to Dao Viet Anh, head of Vietrade office in China’s Chongqing city, China is one of Viet Nam’s major importers, with many favourable circumstances allowing for trade between the two countries as China has a large demand for Vietnamese products such as rice, tapioca, rubber, fruits, tea leaves and seafood.

However, Vietnamese goods have long encountered difficulties getting into China due to problems in customs procedures, quarantine, lack of information and connection.

Anh reminded Vietnamese businesses operating in China to go through proper channels such as trade representatives and trade promotion offices, validate Chinese partners’ actuality and credibility, and to use internationally recognised contracts and practices.

Businesses should also have a deeper understanding of the Chinese Government’s rules on imports and market regulations on products quality as well as customers’ demand. They should also participate in trade promotion activities.

In 2015, according to Viet Nam’s General Department of Customs, total export and import turnover between Viet Nam and China reached US$66.6 billion, having increased by 13.4 per cent compared to 2014. Of which, Viet Nam’s exports to China accounted for $17.1 billion with an increase of 14.8 per cent, while importing $49.5 billion with an increase of 13.3 per cent.

While China’s imports from other ASEAN nations have dropped, import turnover from Viet Nam continued to be strong. At the end of July 2016, Viet Nam became China’s largest trade partner in ASEAN with total bilateral trade volume at $52.26 billion, though down by 1.3 per cent compared to the same period in 2015.


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