HCMC strives to become a regional animal and plant breeding centre

Wednesday, 2017-09-13 04:09:48
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Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan (L) visits agricultural production models applying high technology within the framework of the workshop (Photo: N.N)
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NDO - Ho Chi Minh City must meet at least 30% of the market demand for plant varieties and animal breeds if it wishes to become a centre for plant and animal breeding in the Southern region, stated Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City's Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan.

He also emphasised the importance of the links and involvement between farmers, scientists, investors and the government in turning Ho Chi Minh City into an animal and plant breeding centre in the region.

He made the remarks while attending a workshop on applying science and technology to developing agriculture in Ho Chi Minh City, in order to turn the city into an animal and plant breeding centre meeting the demand of the provinces in the South-western and South-eastern regions.

The event was held by the Ho Chi Minh City's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on September 12.

Secretary Nhan noted that if Ho Chi Minh City wants to maintain agricultural production, it must find solutions in order to increase the income of local farmers. Otherwise, farmers would quit their farm work and the city would be unable to retain the farmland.

"The land area used for agricultural production occupies 55% of the total city's area, but agricultural production contributes only 0.8% to the city's GDP. Meanwhile, other industries make up 99% of the city's GDP but use only 8% of the total land area", Nhan said.

He added that this situation places great pressure on managers as the industry and service sectors also need land to expand and develop.

To enhance the value of agricultural production, the city has identified hi-tech agriculture as its key target and is striving to become a centre of plant and animal breeding in the region, Nhan said.

To achieve this target, Secretary Nhan stressed the significance of the connection between farmers, scientists, the government and investors and the ability of providing at least 30% of the plant varieties and animal breeds for the whole South-western and South-eastern regions.

In addition, he noted that farmers cannot study market demand, requiring the city to undertake this task for them in order to forecast market demand and instruct the farmers.