VIETNAM, December 30 –
Workers at Woodsland Joint Stock Company in the northern province of Tuyên Quang processing wooden merchandise for export to the EU. — VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — Export turnover of agricultural, forest and fishery merchandise in Việt Nam reached a record high of US$48.6 billion this yr, a rise of almost 15 per cent in comparison with 2020.
As nicely as reaching a record high, turnover was additionally $4.6 billion greater than the goal set for the nation’s agriculture sector earlier this yr.
Speaking at a gathering on Wednesday to evaluate this yr’s efficiency of agriculture sector, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phùng Đức Tiến proudly reported that in 2021, ten Vietnamese agriculture merchandise had a turnover of over $1 billion, and six had a turnover of greater than $3 billion, that are timber, shrimp, vegetable and fruits, cashew, rice and rubber merchandise.
Export turnover of timber and forestry merchandise is estimated to achieve $15.6 billion this yr, accounting for greater than 30 per cent of the full export turnover of agricultural, forestry and fishery merchandise.
Việt Nam is now ranked first in ASEAN, second in Asia and fifth in the world in phrases of timber and forestry product export.
Việt Nam enterprises generated $8.9 billion from exporting aquaculture merchandise, regardless of most aquaculture export actions being halted for 3 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Deputy Minister Tiến mentioned that in going through the challenges and difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the agriculture trade took drastic however versatile measures.
Crop manufacturing grew to become extra environment friendly and reached 43.86 million tons, assembly the demand for each home consumption and export.
The proportion of high-quality rice accounted for over 89 per cent of whole rice manufacturing and the worth of exported rice elevated from $496 per ton in 2020 to $503 per ton in 2021.
The whole space of fruit timber reached 1.18 million hectares, a rise of 44,800 hectares in comparison with 2020. The output and high quality of fruit timber in each area elevated with some yields rising from 5 to 19 per cent.
Regarding livestock manufacturing, extra farms utilized clear, natural farming and biosafety measures.
Meat output of all types reached 6.69 million tonnes, up 3.2 per cent in comparison with 2020.
Fresh milk output reached over 1.2 million tonnes, up 10.5 per cent.
The nation produced about 17.5 billion eggs, up 5.1 per cent over final yr.
In the fisheries sector, the sustainable growth of each farming and fishing have been accelerated. Total aquacultural manufacturing reached over 8.73 million tonnes, up 1.0 per cent in comparison with 2020.
Tiến mentioned that agricultural restructuring was extra sensible and efficient throughout 2021 and led to elevated manufacturing measurement and ranges.
Agricultural manufacturing has been shifting in the direction of commodity manufacturing primarily based on selling some great benefits of every area and locality.
The agricultural product consumption market continued to develop regionally and internationally.
Việt Nam’s agriculture sector additionally paid extra consideration to creating production-supply chains, higher linking farmers and cooperatives with enterprises, Tiến mentioned.
In 2021, 1,250 new agricultural cooperatives have been established, bringing the full variety of agricultural cooperatives in the nation to 19,100.
About 1,649 enterprises have been established or re-opened this yr, bringing the full variety of agricultural enterprises to 14,400.
More to do
Applauding optimistic outcomes that the agriculture sector did this yr, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính mentioned that the sector carefully adopted actual conditions and instructions of the Government to implement options, improvements and resolutions to boost the worth of farming merchandise.
However, the PM mentioned that the event of the agricultural sector has not but realised its full potential. For instance, agriculture manufacturing and consumption nonetheless rely closely on explicit markets, climate and different elements which restrict capability.
Up thus far, Việt Nam’s agricultural trade has not developed sustainably nor taken benefit of science, expertise and digital transformation. The export market isn’t but diversified, leaving a heavy reliance on sure markets.
“As a result, when exporters make changes, we will be confused and passive,” Chính mentioned.
Another instance PM Chính gave was that Việt Nam’s rice export turnover was $3 billion, however $7-8 billion was spent on importing corn and soybean. The PM urged agriculture to unravel this downside.
“We must determine that 2022 will be more difficult than 2021. It is necessary to identify key tasks to allocate resources reasonably,” he mentioned.
Chính additionally emphasised the significance of long-term planning and technique for the sector.
He requested for an improved authorized framework to facilitate sustainable agriculture with additional scientific and technologic functions, digital transformation and elevated labour productiveness.
Chính mentioned that first it was essential to diversify merchandise, enhance product high quality and develop sturdy branding for Vietnamese agricultural merchandise.
“To fully take advantage of the 17 free trade agreements that Việt Nam has with more than 60 countries, Vietnamese products need a brand,” he mentioned.
“We need to improve food processing capacity, develop large raw material areas for commodity production, apply advanced sciences and technology in agriculture production,” he mentioned.
Regarding the blockage of Vietnamese farming merchandise at border gates, the PM mentioned that after the nation develops high-quality merchandise that meet import necessities, the merchandise will move any technical limitations and coming into abroad markets will develop into simpler. — VNS
New Year’s Resolutions
– The export turnover of agricultural, forestry and fishery merchandise to achieve $49 billion.
– More than 73 per cent of whole communes nationwide certificated as a brand new rural space mannequin.
– Forest protection at 42 per cent and forest high quality improved.
– Continue to alter development fashions towards sustainability, rising productiveness, high quality and effectivity.
– Improving infrastructure, better-managing assets, notably forest administration and safety.
– Speeding up initiatives to develop one billion timber between 2021 and 2025.
– Improve irrigation methods and improve capability in pure catastrophe prevention and management, and local weather change adaptation.
– Promote scientific and technological functions in agriculture, digital agriculture.
– More help insurance policies for round and low-carbon emission agriculture.