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Workshop on Agricultural Restructuring of Vietnam: From Policy to Practice

On 17 Jan 2015, Vietnam National University of Agriculture held a Workshop on Agricultural Restructuring of Vietnam: From Policy to Practice.

Attending the Workshop were Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan, member of the Political Bureau and Chairman of Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Mr. Nguyen Quan, member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam and Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Phan Xuan Dung, member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam and Chairman of the National Assembly Committee for Science, Technology and Environment, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Cuong, member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam and Deputy Chairman of the Central Economic Commission, Mr. Le Quoc Doanh, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Dang Huy Dong, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, experts, researchers, policy makers, and representatives from relevant national agencies, and organizations.

Opening the workshop, Prof. Dr. Tran Duc Vien, President of VNUA stated that agricultural restructuring should lead to a high-tech agriculture and intellectual rural development. He added that in order to realize goals of the agricultural restructuring, restructuring in agricultural education and training, in science and technology management, and in institutional governance must be pushed ahead. The agricultural restructuring must be reorganization of production for farmers rather than a sole structural change in varieties and breeding, and economic cooperation should be a key factor, he emphasized. According to him, "Economic cooperation is not purely merging fields but encouraging cooperation in production. Promotion in science and technology in agriculture is substantially important too. Only science and technology mastering can push agriculture forward and make breakthroughs".

Prof. Dr. Tran Duc Vien delivered opening speech

 Speaking at the conference, Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan affirmed that in order to facilitate the agricultural restructuring, grass-root unit must carry out its own renovation. In fact, in Vietnam household is considered as a grass-root unit. So, if there is no organization in production for about current 10 million households, disorders as well as low competition with outside goods would be obvious. Therefore, the agricultural restructuring must commence by restructuring cooperatives composed of households, or by enhancing the linkage between households and enterprises.

Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan spoke at the workshop

Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan further added that restructuring of agricultural product purchasing and input supply systems must be done too. Along with that, that identifying national key products and establishing a good relation between scientists and farmers are essentially promoted so that scientific outcomes can be transferred to farmers more effectively. Issuance in agriculture must be concerned too, he said.

The Workshop was successfully held with fruitful presentations, intensive comments and recommendations for the best performance in agricultural restructuring in Vietnam from participants.


Display of agricultural products made by VNUA