Ha Noi to strengthen applications of science and technology in agriculture (09/11/2017)
HNP – The Ha Noi Party Committee and the People’s Committee organized a conference on November 7, strengthening the application of science and technology in developing hi-tech agricultural production sustainably.
Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang visits some hi-tech agricultural products in Gia Lam District.
The conference aims at linking managers, scientists, farmers and enterprises to establish connection chains from production, processing to consumption of agricultural products.
In attendance were Ngo Thi Thanh Hang, Member of the Party Central Committee, Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Ha Noi Party Committee and Head of Steering Committee for Program 02; Tran Van Tung, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology; Nguyen Van Suu, Permanent Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee.
According to Director of the Department of Science and Technology Le Ngoc Anh, over the past years, Ha Noi has paid special attention to strengthening the application of science and technology in agricultural production. Many topics, projects have focused on applying new technologies in hi-tech agriculture and environment treatment, contributing to establishing scientific processes and building new technology solutions as well as creating products with high quality and competitiveness, such as Dien pomelo, Yen Chau red berries, etc. In addition, units have also boosted the application of science and technology in treating environment, lakes and ponds.
However, over the past years, the capital city has had many difficulties in scientific and technological activities. In particular, policies for science and technology development have not been implemented synchronously; leaders of some departments, districts and suburban districts have not yet paid attention to science and technology activities, etc.
At the conference, participants focused on discussing solutions, recommendations and proposals to boost the application and transfer of science and technology into agricultural production. According to Pham Trung Dung, General Director of the Central Crop Variety Company, apart from researching and developing high quality rice, the company has successfully piloted Japanese yellow melon in Ha Noi and several localities.
Dung also said that the capital city should provide preferential policies, mechanisms for hi-tech agriculture, such as investing facilities, developing large-scale production areas, building brand names of products, etc.
According to Dang Van Dong, Deputy Director of Research Institute of Fruits and Vegetables, Ha Noi has established several hi-tech agricultural production areas, but they are too small. Thus, in the coming time, the capital city should boost hi-tech agricultural production; promote administrative reform; figure out preferential policies for agricultural sector.
Emphasizing that Ha Noi has many advantages and potentials for hi-tech agriculture, Nguyen Lan Hung noted that the city leaders should concentrate on transferring scientific and technological applications to farmers so as to produce high quality goods to meet the consumption demands of local people.
Addressing the conference, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Van Tung affirmed that, in the coming time, the capital city should pay special attention to strengthening the mechanization and application of new technology into production so as to create products for exporting; encourage start-ups in agricultural field; create favorable conditions for enterprises to invest in agriculture. Especially, the Deputy Minister noted that Ha Noi must plan the agricultural production areas.
Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Ha Noi Party Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang makes conclusion at the conference.
Highly appreciating the delegate’s opinions for hi-tech agriculture, Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang said that science and technology have played an important role in the city’s socio – economic development. Science and technology have positively and efficiently participated in developing agricultural sector towards added value and sustainable development, improving farmer’s living standards and building new style rural areas. At present, the city has a total of 89 models of hi-tech agricultural production, 56 connection models.
To bring the value of high-tech agricultural products from 25% to at least 30% of the total value of agricultural production, the Permanent Deputy Secretary emphasized that Ha Noi will strive to become a large center for creativity and transfer of technology in agriculture; boost the application of science and technology; establish connection chains from production, processing and consumption to meet demands of local people and export.
She also asked the agricultural sector to continue strengthening communication to improve the awareness of all levels, sectors and people about the position, role and importance of science and technology applications into production; planning concentrated crop cultivation areas, livestock farms to establish large-scale production areas. Local leaders should enhance the connection between scientists, research units to create varieties which are consistent with local characteristics.
The Permanent Deputy Secretary also noted that units will further strengthen administrative reform to attract investment in agriculture. Departments of Science and Technology, Agriculture and Rural Development, Industry and Trade will jointly build collective brand names for agricultural products so as to improve the value of products in the area.
By Tran Huong