Encouraging all economic sectors to develop high-tech agriculture, linking the production and consumption of products; and building strong brands of locally distinctive agricultural products to expand to domestic and foreign markets, are all major goals of the agricultural sector in Tay Ninh province in the period of international integration so as to realize the goal of sustainable growth and increased income for farmers.
High-tech application to enhance competitiveness
Tay Ninh province is endowed with favorable natural conditions for agricultural development, with terrain being flat. Hardly being affected by storms and floods; the total agricultural area is about 345,000 ha. Its surface water resources are abundant, with Vam Co Dong River and Dau Tieng Lake having a water surface area of 27,000 ha and storing 1.5 billion cubic meters of water, capable of irrigating more than 48,000 ha of cultivated land.
Tay Ninh is famous for sugarcane, cassava, rubber, mangosteen, cow and pig. Agriculture accounts for nearly 30% of the province's GDP.
Over the past years, the provincial leaders have paid great attention to directing high-tech agricultural development to enhance the competitive advantage, yield and quality of agricultural products. High-tech agricultural development is one of four breakthrough solutions for socioeconomic development of the province.
On December 22, 2016, the Provincial Party Committee issued Program 07-CTr/TU on agricultural development and agricultural restructuring. On February 20, 2017, the Provincial People's Committee issued Decision 382/QD-UBND approving the project on agricultural restructuring in Tay Ninh province towards increasing added value and sustainable development to 2020, with a vision to year 2030; and Decision 2029/QD-UBND dated September 20, 2019 approving the project on agricultural value chain development of Tay Ninh province.
Bestowed with such favorable conditions, Tay Ninh can develop high-tech agriculture to create safe, valuable and highly competitive products for consumption and export processing. Up to now, many smart agricultural models have been widely used in production. The share of high-tech agricultural production accounts for 30% and the output of agricultural products reaches over 20%.
Tay Ninh province put forth plans to develop clean agriculture and organic agriculture, associated with related processing industries, climate adaptation and sustainable connectivity with value chains to raise the quality, quantity, added value and competitiveness of local agricultural products. By 2025, high-tech agriculture will make up over 40% of agricultural value; the value of products made under good agricultural practices (GAP) or equivalent will exceed 25%, bringing the yield to over VND130 million per hectare of agricultural land a year.
Courting agricultural investors
One solution for sustainable agricultural development as defined by Tay Ninh is appealing to businesses to invest in high-tech cultivation of vegetables and fruits. The province worked out and implemented appropriate policies to attract and encourage agricultural enterprises to join hands with farmers to access and improve understanding of converting from traditional agriculture to smart agriculture. At the same time, the province built, developed, expanded agricultural preservation and processing industries for sugarcane, cassava, rubber, meat, milk and aquatic products.
The province attracted enterprises to invest in commercial agricultural development, apply science and technology to create nuclei for connection, processing, consumption and growth of local agricultural products.
In the 2016-2020 period, it licensed 360 agricultural, forestry and fishery enterprises with registered investment value of VND5,177 billion.
The province has two sugar processing plants with a daily capacity of 10,800 tons, 65 tapioca processing factories with a yearly capacity of 6.4 million tons, 23 rubber latex processors capable of making 48,000 tons a year, 20 cashew processors capable of processing 20,000 tons a year and one plant processing vegetables and fruits with a daily capacity of 500 tons.
The production cooperation between farmers and businesses is increasingly strengthened and expanded. The proportion, in value, of agricultural, forestry and fishery products made under cooperation forms reached 12.5% in 2020.
Mr. Nguyen Dinh Xuan, Director of Tay Ninh Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said, in order to support and encourage businesses to invest in the agricultural sector, the province issued a program on developing agricultural value chains (Decision 2029/QD-UBND dated September 20, 2019 of the People's Committee) to upgrade the agricultural value chain, ensured the value, quality of agricultural products to meet domestic consumption and export requirements.
At the same time, the sector focused on carrying out three major policies: Encouraging businesses to invest in agriculture and rural areas (Decision 20/2020/QD-UBND dated June 12, 2020); loan interest support policy for GAP-based, high-tech and organic agriculture (Decision 21/2019/QD-UBND dated June 17, 2019); and agricultural development support policy (Decision 23/2019/QD-UBND dated June 28, 2019). As a result, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development advised the Provincial People's Committee to approve 13 projects with a total interest subsidy of VND11,369.4 billion.
“In addition, in the coming time, the department will develop and implement an agricultural investment promotion plan for 2021-2025 period, diversify investment promotion to improve investment promotion and facilitate investors to invest in agriculture and cooperate with local farmers to grow agriculture,” he added.
Source: Vietnam Business Forum