HCM City Party leader urges higher status in economy for agriculture Modern farming co-operatives are needed to achieve a breakthrough in restructuring agriculture in HCM City and raising the incomes of farmers. HCM City Party Committee Secretary Nguyễn Thiện Nhân has called on city authorities to make agriculture one of the city’s seven key economic pillars. Speaking at a conference on developing modern co-operatives to help restructure agriculture and raise farmers’ incomes, he said currently agriculture did not enjoy that status though it was one of the city’s focuses. “Việt Nam is one of the largest agricultural produce exporting countries in the world, but faces problems such as bumper crops and resultant price drops, leading to lower incomes for farmers,” he said. According to Nhân, this is because agriculture in the country is often not compatible with the market economy and international integration. Besides, farmers frequently face financial shortages though the Government has many preferential policies for them. Most farmers’ land holdings are small, making agriculture inefficient, especially because 97 per cent of farm workers are untrained. Modern farming co-operatives are needed to achieve a breakthrough in restructuring agriculture and raising the incomes of farmers. Nguyễn Thị Bạch Mai, chairwoman… Read full this story
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