How Viet Nam increased agriculture production
After reviewing last year’s production targets, the government of Viet Nam aims to produce over 40 million tonnes of food, and more that USD 4.5 billion in agro-forestry produce in 2005. Between 1992 and 2000 Vietnam devised and implemented strategies for agriculture and rural development that resulted in annual growth rates of over 4.3%. At the same time, the poverty rate decreased from 30% to 11%.
The government’s next challenge is to diversify commercial agriculture by introducing new technologies to meet domestic demand and export. In its five-year plan, agricultural development is geared to restructuring production; improving rural living standards; allocating special zones for crops and making land more economically efficient. The government’s priorities are crop restructuring and diversification, irrigation, crop varieties and developing livestock hybrids to boost productivity.
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