Chairperson of VNFU, Thao Xuan Sung: Lang Son Province needs to focus on green growth
Many highlights in Lang Son
Mr. Ly Vinh Quang, Vice Chairperson of Lang Son Provincial People’s Committee reported that after 10 years of implementing Party Central Committee (term X) ’s Resolution No. 7 on agriculture, farmers rural areas, Lang Son Province had spotted numerous positive changes.
Chairperson of VNFU, Thao Xuan Sung, works with Lang Son Provincial Party Committee on July 17. Photo by Tran Quang.
‘Lang Son has truly changed in all aspects. Production and socio-economy made many breakthroughs, rural areas became more beautiful and convenient, and especially average income of local people was improved and reached 18.8 million per person per year. These are all good news which is definitely going to make many other mountainous provinces envy.’
Chairperson of VNFU, Thao Xuan Sung
On production, technology and rural service development, average growth rate of agro-forestry, whose target was 3.5-4%, was 4.56% from 2006 to 2010, 2.95% from 2011 to 2015, 3.23% from 2016 to 2017; the percentage of agro-forestry in the provincial GDP in 2017 reached 21.7%, etc.
Cultivation also made significant progress in commercial cropping season and plants, he claimed. To be more specific, up to now, value of cultivation has increased 1.96 times compared to 2008, value of its products per hectare has risen by 2.25 times from the year of 2008 (from 26.3 million dong/ha/year to 58.29 million dong/ha/year).
Many kinds of high value plants are gathered to form specialized production areas such as 3,000 ha custard apple area in Chi Lang and Huu Lung generating 800 million dong with productivity estimated to be approximately 30,000 tons; star anise essential oil production and processing model generating 50 billion dong per year, etc.
Transform also can be seen in livestock farming, especially in types of breeding animals and herd scale, as a result value of this sector has increased 1.84 times since 2008 with the emergence of several hi-tech models such as Hop Thinh Cooperative with a herd of 650 sows and making 2 billion dong in annual income.
As well as that, with the thorough directions from the provincial authorities, the new-style rural area construction program did make new progress. Up to this point, in the province, there are 36 communes officially recognized as new-style rural areas, on average each commune satisfying 8.65 out of 19 standards (6.08 standards higher than that of 2011). Annual income per capita of people in the rural areas of Lang Son hit 18.8 million, increasing 2.5 times compared to 2008; percentage of poor household dropped by 3% each year and so on.
Ms. Lam Thi Phuong Thanh, Secretary of Lang Son Provincial Party Committee stated that Lang Son aimed to increase the value of agro-forestry by 3.5 to 4 times, value of products gained from a basic unit of production area by 2 to 2.5 times, average income per capita in rural areas by 2.5 to 3 times (equivalent to 50-55 million dong) by the year of 2030. Furthermore, Lang Son also targeted to have 145 communes qualified as new-style rural areas (70.05%), and 2-3 communes qualified as advanced new-style rural areas in each district and city by 2030, she added.
Attention should be paid to green growth
Chairperson of VNFU, Thao Xuan Sung, visits custard apple, pomelo models generating high income in Chi Lang (Lang Son). Photo by T.Q.
On behalf of the monitoring group, Mr. Thao Xuan Sung highly appreciated all the achievements of Lang Son Province after 10 years of implementing Party Central Committee (term X) ’s Resolution No. 7 on agriculture, farmers rural areas. ‘After two days (July 16-17) going on a field trip and working local authorities for monitoring, all of our group members can clearly see that Lang Son has truly changed in all aspects. Production and socio-economy made many breakthroughs, rural areas became more beautiful and convenient, and especially average income of local people was improved and reached 18.8 million per person per year. These are all good news which is definitely going to make many other mountainous provinces envy’, the chairperson of VNFU firmly stated.
Speaking from his point of view, Mr. Thao Xuan Sung assessed that the aforementioned achievements showed that Lang Son had been adopting the right guidelines and policies, and that exact move had helped remove legal barriers, gain consensus from local people while implementing Resolution No. 26. The second lesson can be learnt from Lang Son was to do well in planning in production regarding local potential and advantages with the participatory approach towards the people which guaranteed ‘People know, People speak, People do, People monitor’, said he. Particularly, through the exchange with leaders and staff of the local authorities there, the chairperson of VNFU was really satisfied with the fact that the province chose responsible and excellent staff to serve the new-style rural area construction and sustainable poverty reduction.
In order to improve productivity, quality of agricultural products and competitiveness of goods in a border province, the chairperson of VNFU thought that Lang Son must pay attention to planning production towards value chain development from production and process to consumption, especially with custard apple, a local specialty having a lot of potential and advantages.
To implement Party Central Committee (term X) ’s Resolution No. 7 on agriculture, farmers rural areas more efficiently, Mr. Thao Xuan Sung suggested that the province should encourage local people to carry strategy for green production and consumption amongst farm households and green living. He also said that it was necessary to realize that green growth was the factor guaranteeing the sustainability in new-style rural area construction. Especially, the province needed to integrate new-style rural area construction with ecotourism to improve income for local people, he stated.
‘Furthermore, Lang Son has to enhance linkages in production, particularly regional linkages, and promote hi-tech application to production, take the initiative in collaborating with communes and districts, and especially with custard apple Lang Son needs to make this product more present in other provinces and other countries in the future. With the successful One Commune One Product (OCOP) Program, as the matter of fact Quang Ninh Province even established a center in Dong Trieu District to promote their products, we can totally learn from it and adopt this in the province. The ultimate goal of Party Central Committee (term X) ’s Resolution No. 7 is agricultural industrialization and farmer intellectualization. For that reason, when aiming at building new-style rural area and reducing poverty sustainably, the province needs to realize the focal task is to restructure agriculture towards industrialization, modernization, value-chain based hi-tech adoption in production. More importantly, it is essential for the province to develop high quality staff, especially rural labor, to meet the demand and target set till 2025 and 2030”, the chairperson of VNFU stressed.