In order to successfully realize Resolution No. 26-NQ/TW of the Party Central Committee’s 7th plenum (Xth Congress) on agriculture, farmers and rural areas, the Prime Minister on July 15 issued Directive No. 18/CT-TTg to request ministries, sectors and localities to direct the implementation of the national target program on building a new countryside.
The Prime Minister stresses that the program is decisive for the sustainable development of agriculture and rural areas, directly contributing to the country’s industrialization and modernization process.
Ministries and sectors are required to focus on improving the quality of agricultural development master plans based on optimally exploiting the advantages and key products of each region, ensuring regional connectivity and building a sustainable production system for agricultural products.
The building of a new countryside should be part of agricultural restructuring and application of scientific and technological advances to agricultural production.
The Directive calls for more preferential policies to encourage investment in agriculture, especially in difficulty-hit areas, remote and mountainous areas and on islands.
The expansion of public-private partnership and the improvement of capital access for farmers, cooperatives and businesses are also particularly mentioned.
Ministries, sectors and localities are required to build their own programs to support the development of key products in impoverished areas and to improve the quality of vocational training provided to rural workers toward meeting real needs of businesses.
The Directive prohibits localities from asking residents to make compulsory contributions to the program, saying that local administrations should make adequate allocations from their budgets.-