Agriculture sector needs revolution
By Son Nghia – The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC – Forecast and strategies for farm produce development amid tough competition and sustainable growth for the agriculture industry will be the main topics of the Vietnam Agricultural Outlook Conference 2013 (Outlook 2013) set to take place on April 4.
The organizers, the Center for Agricultural Policy Consulting and the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agricultural and Rural Development, said that the nation is facing many challenges such as poor farm produce processing capability and substandard food hygiene and safety.
Besides, uncertainties in the macro environment have caused many challenges to businesses in the industry and livelihood of farmers.
The global farm produce market is expected to face hardship this year due to complicated price fluctuations and strict requirements of consumers.
As this year marks five years of Vietnam’s admission to the World Trade Organization, the nation will have to open its door widely to many types of imported food and agricultural products. Meanwhile, local exporters will be obstructed by strict quality standards and trade conditions.
The Outlook 2013 organizing board will hold three meetings for rice, farming and aquaculture sectors. Guests will have a chance to learn about information and have discussions with experts from related agencies, associations and representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
A special meeting on rural development will also take place to help guests exchange the latest study results and significant discoveries in rural development and welfare of local farming households in the current context.