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On 30 September 2022, a conference was held in Hanoi by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to implement an action plan for the National Strategy on Green Growth for the 2021-2030 period

AdobeStock 138372306MARD holds conference to implement action plan for the National Strategy on Green Growth in Vietnam (Image source: Adobe Stock)

During the conference, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Le Minh Hoan pointed out that market fluctuations, climate change, and changes in consumption trends were the three variables that Vietnam’s agriculture was facing. According to him, green growth was the way in which agriculture could adapt to these variables. Therefore, in order to switch to green agriculture, it was necessary to change the perception of farmers, organisations, cooperatives and residential communities. In addition to this, the entire system of industries, international organisations and industry associations were required to participate by joining hands and forming a green ecosystem.

The Ministry is in the process of developing a set of indicators, including the environmental and green growth indicators to measure the implementation of the Strategy for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development. A number of targets have been set by the agricultural sector to achieve this. The first target is to ensure that out of the total fertiliser products produced and consumed, the total proportion of organic fertiliser produced should reach over 30%. The second target is to ensure that the number of biological plant protection drugs on the list of pesticides permitted to be used is over 30% and the third target is that a minimum of 30% of the total irrigated dry crop area should be applied with advanced and water-saving irrigation methods.

In addition to this, the Ministry is also working to enhance the application of good agricultural production practices to improve quality, added value, competitiveness and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the agricultural sector.