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Promoting Proactive Role in Hi-tech Agriculture Development

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018

Agricultural Hi-tech Park of Ho Chi Minh City (AHTP) is the first of its kind in Vietnam approved for investment by the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee in 2004. The first phase, covering 88.17 ha of land in Pham Van Coi commune, Cu Chi district, started operations in April 2010. In its 13 years of construction and seven years of operation, the park has been a pioneer in hi-tech agricultural development in suburb districts of Ho Chi Minh City and spread to neighbouring provinces and cities, helping the city become a prime example in the country in applying science and technology to agricultural production.

Since its inception, the high-tech agriculture park has effectively executed two functions: Supporting, impacting, instructing and popularising methods of doing hi-tech agriculture by demonstrating and transferring technology, training and applying research, building models, and testing species and varieties; and supplying selective vegetables, flowers and ornamental fish to farmers and to the market. In addition, the park provides technical consultancy and assistance, transfer production technology and processes to farmers and enterprises, thus helping raise the economic value on each unit of crop farming and animal husbandry.

By promoting the nuclear role in scaling up high-tech agricultural production, the Agricultural Hi-tech Park of Ho Chi Minh City has successfully transferred models and processes of automatically applying vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants like dripping systems and plant protection spraying systems to farmers and agricultural organisations and enterprises in Ho Chi Minh City and neighbouring provinces. Many hi-tech agricultural models have been translated into production practices which have helped increase productivity and output of some key plants such as orchids and organic vegetables. The park has helped form high-tech agricultural production in some key areas in Ho Chi Minh City like growing orchids in Cu Chi district (in Tan Thong Hoi, Tan An Hoi, Phuoc Hiep, Trung An, Nhuan Duc and Pham Van Coi communes), VietGAP-standard organic vegetables in Cu Chi district (Tan Phu Trung, Nhuan Duc and Trung Lap Ha communes), Binh Chanh district (Quy Duc, Hung Long, Tan Quy Tay and Binh Chanh communes), Hoc Mon district (Xuan Thoi Thuong, Xuan Thoi Son and Thoi Tam Thon commune). In addition, many bio-safe vegetable production models have been developed, with productivity 15 - 30 per cent higher than old cultivation practices. Hi-tech agricultural products are introduced, transferred and promoted to increase farm productivity and income for farmers. These models helped achieve higher productivity and reduce post-harvest loss and farmers have improved farming levels and skills, thus enhancing agricultural development and speeding up rural construction in Ho Chi Minh City.

Dr Dinh Minh Hiep, Director of the Management Board of the Agricultural Hi-tech Park of Ho Chi Minh City, said, a lot of technical advances developed by the park have been recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for having national technical progress, and these advances have been deployed and expanded to farmers, farm owners and enterprises in the city and adjacent localities. To better support farmers to directly benefit from its achievements, the Management Board is carrying out two projects: Planning hi-tech agricultural production areas to transfer new achievements in production; and linking the Agricultural Hi-tech Park of Ho Chi Minh City with other high-tech agricultural zones, high-tech agricultural application centres and biotech application centres in other provinces and cities in the country to form key commodity chains for domestic and international markets.

To date, Ho Chi Minh City has taken a good step in developing hi-tech agriculture, from investment in infrastructure, technology and human resources to policies to credit support policies for high-tech agriculture for farmers and enterprises to apply high-tech to agricultural production. Particularly, as for loans on seed production, high-tech production is certified and the city budget subsidises all interests. At the same time, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has also provided loan support of VND10 billion or more for seed production and certified agricultural production application. District People's Committees decided to grant interests for loans valued less than VND10 billion for seed production and hi-tech agricultural production.

At present, Ho Chi Minh City is focusing on carrying out a strategy to enhance the share of high-tech agriculture to over 60 per cent in 2020 and higher in following years. Mr Hiep said that, as the nucleus of local hi-tech development, the Agricultural Hi-tech Park of Ho Chi Minh City will simultaneously perform two tasks. Firstly, it improves its internal forces, encourages and facilitates its personnel to study on new knowledge so as to easily acquire and select technologies transferred from foreign engineers, adapt and hand them over to farmers and enterprises. In addition to bringing internal strengths into full play, the park has also mobilised external resources for development because, according to Mr Hiep, foreign investors and partners want to cooperate in technology transfer and they will introduce new approaches to the park to enhance quality, productivity, food hygiene and safety.

Besides, the Agricultural Hi-tech Park of Ho Chi Minh City will utilise resources for construction of a 90-ha fishery hi-tech park in Long Hoa commune, Can Gio district; a 150-ha livestock high-tech park in Pham Van Hai commune, Binh Chanh district; a 23.3-ha expanded agricultural hi-tech park in Phuoc Vinh An commune, Cu Chi district; and a 200-ha expanded agricultural hi-tech park in Pham Van Coi commune, Cu Chi district. Once going into operation in 2020, these projects will raise the total high-tech agricultural area in Ho Chi Minh City to 570 ha and expand advanced agricultural production models to gradually modernise rural agriculture and convert traditional agriculture to high-tech agriculture to turn out more value-added products to shape an effective, sustainable ecological agriculture that will in return facilitate the city’s economic restructuring.

Bich Thuy

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