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Viet Nam and New Zealand boost food safety cooperation

   8/31/2015

New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam and Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh co-signed “Action Plan on food safety and SPS” in the witness of the two Ministers in Hanoi on 27/7/2015. (Photo: Duc Hiep - ICD/MARD).

On 27/7/2015 Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat had a meeting with New Zealand’s Minister for Food Safety and Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew on the cooperation in food safety, strategic orientation on agriculture and food safety cooperation. At the meeting, two Ministered discussed global research alliance (GRA) - New Zealand’s initiative to enhance the function of GRA Secretariat.

In the discussion with New Zealand’s Minister for Food Safety, Minister Cao Duc Phat said: “Food safety receives concerns from the whole society, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development considers this issue the first key task of the Ministry in this year and in the next years. Food safety is relevant to the health of 90 million Vietnamese population as well as nearly 100 million consumers of agricultural products exported by Viet Nam”. Minister Cao Duc Phat also share Viet Nam’s desire of building the image and confidence of exported agricultural products of Viet Nam like the one of New Zealand’s exported apples.

At the meeting, Minister Goodhew highly appreciated the recent cooperation between the two ministries. New Zealand is always ready to share useful experiences and knowledge that Viet Nam is interested, and provide support on post-graduate training in the fields of livestock, crop production, aquaculture; development of safe food supply chain, etc…

Through the cooperation program, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development hopes New Zealand shares experiences and assists Viet Nam human resources training. The trained human resources will carry out the necessary works such as development of laws, implementation of relevant activities, on the other hand, supports Viet Nam to develop food safety supply chain across the country, especially in big city as at first.

Both sides continue to discuss agreements on how to promote agricultural trade between the two countries.

Minister Goodhew and Minister Cao Duc Phat signed a Memorandum of Understanding on “Food safety and SPS” in 3/2015.

In 3/2015, Viet Nam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and New Zealand’s Minister for Food Safety signed a Memorandum of Understanding on “Food safety and SPS related activities”. This document is a firm framework and foundation for boosting the cooperation in food safety and other SPS related activities between the two countries.

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Restructuring of crop production sub-sector: Low growth and inconsistent implementation

   8/31/2015

“Restructuring of crop production sub-sector towards commodity production, international competition, and sustainable development” is the request of Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat at the evaluation meeting on the restructuring of crop production sub-sector, preliminary report on the implementation of Decision 01/2012/QĐ-TTg regarding the development of production of plants, which are used for producing green feed for animals, held in Ha Noi on 22/7/2015.


Prime Minister of Laos appraised the cooperation in agriculture and forestry with Viet Nam

   8/31/2015

Vietnamese delegations of senior officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development headed by Minister Cao Duc Phat had a reception with Prime Minister of Laos Thongsing Thammavong during the official visit to Lao on 21st July 2015.


FAO supports Viet Nam’s research and development of Climate-Smart Agriculture

   8/31/2015

Initial achievements after 3-year implementation of the project GCP/INT/139/EC: “Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA): Capturing the synergies among mitigation, adaptation and food security” and the selected strategy of CSA development are the evidences of Viet Nam in responding to climate change based on global approach.


Consultation on the incentive policies to attract foreign investment in agriculture and rural development

   8/21/2015

Speaking at the meeting, Vice Minister Le Quoc Doanh said “FDI in agriculture has the role as a tool to promote agricultural commodity production, supply fund, develop and formulate new management model, and increase the competitiveness of Viet Nam’s agricultural products. Vice Minister stressed that one of the key measures for agricultural development is restructuring, attraction of investment from private sector, to encourage the participation of non-state economic sectors, including FDI”.

 


Key achievements of the agricultural restructuring in the Mekong Delta

   8/21/2015

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development organized a 2-year preliminary conference on the implementation of the Plan on "The agricultural sector restructuring in the Mekong Delta" on 11th July 2015 in Dong Thap province. The conference was cochaired by Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, Head of Central Inter-sectoral Steering Committee on agricultural restructuring, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and, Dong Thap’s Secretary of Party Committee of Le Minh Hoan.


Awarding the medal “For the cause of the agriculture and rural development” to two Doctors of Tasmania University of Australia

   8/21/2015

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development decided to award the medal "For the cause of agriculture and rural development" to Dr. Petter Allan Lane and Dr. Stephen William Ives. from University of Tasmania, Australia for their valuable contribution to Vietnam agriculture development.

 


The World Bank supports agriculture reforms in Viet Nam

   8/21/2015

On 30th June 2015, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved $238 million (equivalent to VND5.2 thousand billion) in credit for Vietnam to support the rice and coffee sub-sectors restructuring in Viet Nam towards better-value export of these two sub-sectors through the implementation of sustainable agriculture transformation project.

The sustainable agriculture transformation project will directly benefit up to 200,000 rice-producing households of about 1 million people in the Mekong Delta, and 50,000 coffee-producing households of about 250,000 people in the Central Highlands.


JICA supports Viet Nam’s sustainable natural resources management

   8/17/2015

The aim of the technical assistant Project on “sustainable natural resources management” aided by the Government of Japan with duration of 5-year implementation from now to 2020 is to build Viet Nam’s capacity on sustainable natural resources management  to be implemented in 5 provinces of Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Son La, Hoa Binh and Lam Dong.


Semi-annual Report Meeting 2015 of the Steering Committee on the National Target Program on the New Rural Development

   8/17/2015

The Semi-annual report meeting 2015 was organized by the Steering Committee on the National Target Program on the New Rural Development (NTP-NRD). Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh stressed that to achieve the target with 50% of communes reaching new countryside standards, each of the provinces and central-affiliated cities having at least one district reaching new countryside standards in 2016-2020, etc., that requires much more efforts from the entire system.


Prime Minister directed to continue the implementation of international integration

   8/17/2015

Prime Minister as Head of National Steering Committee on international integration just issued the Directive No. 15/CT-TTg, dated 7/7/2015 on the continuous implementation of Resolution 22 of the Political Bureau on international integration.


Boosting the implementation of PPP model

   8/17/2015

Improving the organization, database system, review of each project and percentage of investment attraction, etc., for strengthening the PPP implementation models is the direction made by Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai at the 7th Meeting of the Steering Committee on PPP with participants from ministries, sectors, local authorities held on 30th June 2015.


WB approves USD45 million in additional financing for promoting livestock production and food safety

   8/17/2015

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved USD45 million in additional financing for an ongoing project to boost Vietnam’s livestock production and improve food safety.


Restructuring action plan of salt industry towards greater added value and sustainable development

   8/17/2015

The restructuring action plan on salt industry towards greater added value and sustainable development was approved by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development on 04th May 2015 aiming at implementing effectively salt production and processing activities according to the production development planning until 2020 and vision to 2030, which should be in associated with the policy for the agricultural sector restructuring and new rural development.


Minster Cao Duc Phat meets the United States Secretary of the Interior

   8/17/2015

On 30th June 2015, Minster Cao Duc Phat had a meeting with the United States Secretary of the InteriorSally Jewell during her official visit to Viet Nam. The main themes of the meeting focused on the collaboration in shutting down illegal trade of wildlife.  The United States Secretary of the InteriorSally Jewellhighly appreciated the commitments of Viet Nam on combating the trafficking of wildlife and said that the U.S is ready to support, cooperate and share information with Viet Nam in this field.


Awarding the medal “For the cause of the agriculture and rural development” to Mr. Tomoyuki Kimura

   7/24/2015

On the 22nd June 2015, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development awarded the medal "For the cause of agriculture and rural development" to Mr. Tomoyuki Kimura, Country Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Viet Nam for his valuable contributions to Vietnam’s agriculture and rural development. The award expressed special thanks of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to Mr. Tomoyuki Kimura for the meaningful contribution and fruitful cooperation he made for Viet Nam’s agricultural and rural development sector during his tenure from July 2011 to date.


COOPERATION TO PROMTE NEW RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN 2016-2020

   7/24/2015

Within the framework of “Technical and policy support for the implementation of Viet Nam agriculture sector restructuring framework” funded by the Government of Canada and “UN support for new rural development”, Policy Dialogue Forum themed “Cooperation to promote the new rural development, 2016-2020” was organized by International Cooperation Department through International Support Group (ISG) in collaboration with the Central Coordinating Office of the NTP on Building New Countryside, and IPSARD.


STRIVE FOR THE ECONOMIC GROWTH RATE AT 6,5% - 7% IN THE PERIOD 2016 - 2020

   7/24/2015

The Directive No. 11/CT-TTg dated 29th May 2015 regarding the development of Socio-economic Development Plan and State Budget Plan in 2016 was just issued by the Prime Minister. Accordingly, from 2016 to 2020, it strives for the economic growth rate at 6.5-7%.


FAO acknowledges Vietnam’s poverty reduction achievements

   7/24/2015

The Thirty-ninth Session FAO’s Conference with theme: “Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty and Hunger by Strengthening Rural Resilience: Social Protection and Sustainable Agricultural Development” was officially held in FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy on 6th June 2015.


Awarding the medal “For the cause of the agriculture and rural development” to Danish Ambassador to Viet Nam

   7/24/2015

On 01st June 2015, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a solemn ceremony to award the medal "For the cause of agriculture and rural development" to DanishAmbassadorto Viet Nam John Nielsen. This noble award is respectfully presented to international experts and officials, who have been working in Vietnam and made valuable contributions to Vietnam  agriculture development.


VIET NAM – CHINA BOOST COOPERATION IN AGRICULTURE

   6/25/2015

The MOU is the foundation to boost the cooperation in the fields of research, technology, trade, seedling production, control and prevention of diseases on plants and animals; production of agricultural machinery; farm produce processing; exchange of experts and information between Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Chinese Ministry of Agriculture.


BY 2020, VIETNAMESE RICE BRANDS WILL BE PROTECTED AT LEAST IN 50 COUNTRIES

   6/25/2015

The Prime Minister has issued Decision No. 706/QD-TTg dated 21/5/2015 approving the master plan for the development of Vietnamese rice brand by 2020 and vision to 2030, and requesting the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with relevant ministries and agencies to develop and implement a plan for strengthening the cooperation between trade promotion agencies and enterprises in order to promote Vietnamese rice image and quality recognition in the world market; to encourage and support enterprises to use Vietnamese rice brand name in the  study and assessment of competitiveness and expansion of market share.


Japanese Government’s commitment on the support of ODA for Viet Nam for sustainable development

   5/22/2015

On the 14th May 2015, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Cuong had an official meeting with Japanese Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki NAKANE during his visit to Viet Nam. Mr. NAKANE said Japan regards Vietnam as an important partner and will continue providing official development assistance (ODA) for the country’s sustainable development, infrastructure improvements and climate change adaptation.


36 provinces and cities implement the agricultural sector restructuring

   5/22/2015

According to the statistic data of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, there have been 36/63 provinces and cities announced and implemented the scheme or action plan on the agricultural sector restructuring, so far.


UP TO 70% OF BUDGET WILL BE PROVIDED TO BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY AGRICULTURE ZONE

   5/15/2015

The Prime Minister just issue Decision No. 575/QĐ-TTg dated 04/05/2015 approving the Master Plan of high-tech agriculture zone and area up to 2020 and vision until 2030. By the decision, it is affirmed that up to 70% of the budget will be provided to build infrastructure of high technology agriculture zone under the Master Plan. On the other hand, businesses operated within the zone will be entitled to enjoy the best preferential policies on enterprise income tax, value added tax, import and export tax, and others according to provisions at Item 2, Article 19 of the Law on high technology.


The establishment of Inter-Sector Steering Committee for the agricultural sector restructuring

   5/13/2015

The Decision No. 508/QĐ-TTg dated 17th April 2015 was issued by the Prime Minister to establish Inter-sector Steering Committee for the agricultural sector restructuring towards better added value and sustainable development (hereinafter referred to as the Steering Committee) with the functions of assisting the Prime Minister in the implementation, guidance, administration of the agricultural sector restructuring towards better added value and sustainable development, period 2015 - 2020.


Boost the cooperation between natural rubber production countries

   5/13/2015

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat attended the Special Session of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) Assembly at Ministerial level held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 8th May 2015 for joining the discussion of measures to stabilize natural rubber prices for long term, how to promote the cooperation between member countries, and to enhance the role of the Association in the future.


Preference of 5% is given to PPP project investors

   3/30/2015

The Government’s Decree No. 30/2015/NĐ-CP was issued by the Government on 17/3/2015 providing guidelines on implementing some articles of Bidding Law related to the selection of investors, in which it is remarkable with preferiential policy to be applied for the investors of public-private partnership (PPP) project, who have the approved feasibility study, report and project proposal.


Awarding the medal “For the cause of the agriculture and rural development” to Mme. Loida Rivera Fabre

   3/27/2015

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development awarded the medal "For the cause of agriculture and rural development" to Mme. Loida Rivera Fabre, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Cuba in Vietnam for her productive contribution to the development of Vietnam agricultural sector and cooperation between Cuba and Vietnam. This noble award expresses the appreciation of MARD to her proactive contributions for her tenure in Viet Nam from 10/2010.


Awarding the medal “For the cause of the agriculture and rural development” to Mr. Atsuki Tomoyose

   3/27/2015

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development awarded the medal "For the cause of agriculture and rural development" to Mr. Atsuki Tomoyose, the Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam. This noble award was respectfully presented to international experts and officials, who have been working in Vietnam with the appreciation of MARD to their valuable contributions to the Vietnam’s agriculture sector.


Regulations on the adoption of international standards in agriculture

   3/24/2015

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development just issued Circular No. 07/2015/TT-BNNPTNT dated 14/2/2015 guiding the adoption of international, regional and foreign standards applied in the activities under the management of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The Circular takes effective from 2/4/2015.


Strengthening comprehensive international integration

   3/24/2015

According to the conclusion at the Plenary Meeting of the National Steering Committee on international integration 2015, the Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Chairman of the Steering Committee requested that in the context of globalization, strong development of information technology, e-commerce, we must proactively catch the general trend and promote comprehensive international integration across all sectors.


Viet Nam and Thailand collaborate to boost agricultural market

   3/24/2015

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat had a meeting with Thailand’s Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Petipong Pungbun Naaydhya to discuss the issues related to mutual cooperation in agriculture, particularly the cooperation in rubber tree planting, processing and trade exchange.  The Thai minister said Vietnam has been invited to team up with Thailand and other regional countries to establish a group of member countries for the network aimed to set prices of latex products in the region and reduce reliance on the prices decided by the nations outside the region.


U.S. and Viet Nam to partneron emerging infectious disease threats

   3/24/2015

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 (EPT-2) program to support efforts in Vietnam to better prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats. This program is closely aligned with the key objectives of the governments’ partnership on the Global Health Security Agenda and Vietnam’s adoption of the International Health Regulations.


Viet Nam - Japan: Boost cooperation in agriculture and fishery

   3/24/2015

At the reception, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai affirmed that the Government of Vietnam encouraged Japanese businesses to cooperate with Viet Nam in the fields of industry, tourism, and agriculture. Deputy Prime Minister highly valued the government of Wakayama prefecture for dispatching expert to Viet Nam for helping fishermen of Binh Dinh province fishing and processing tuna, at the same time, recommended the prefecture to transfer technology, assist Vietnamese business to access market, promote the development of linkage models in agricultural and fruits production.


Efforts to be made for 20% of communes to meet new rural standards in 2015

   3/24/2015

The National Target Program of New Rural Development makes efforts to reach its goal of having 20% of communes in the whole country to meet new rural standards by the end of 2015 achieved; an average nation-wide criteria of 11 per commune will be reached; ratio of communes meeting less than 5 criteria is under 5%.


Promoting low-emissions agricultural projects

   3/24/2015

It was reported that an estimate greenhouse gas emissions in the energy and agricultural fields, activities in land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) and waste materials in Viet Nam in the 2020s and 2030s, total greenhouse gases emissions in these 4 fields increases from 225.6 million tons in 2010 to 466 million tons I 2020 and 760 million tons in 2030.


Boosting the development coopertation in agriculture and food safety management with Finland

   3/16/2015

At the meeting, on behalf of leader of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vice Minister Le Quoc Doanh thanked the Government of Finland for having been providing support for Vietnam’s Forestry sector through the projects on forestry integrated with environmental protection, climate change, sustainable development, and forestry sector remains one of the three priorities (Forestry, Innovation, Fresh water and sanitation) in the Finland’s development cooperation strategy.


REGULATIONS ON THE RATIO OF EQUITY CAPITAL OF PPP INVESTOR

   3/16/2015

According to the Government’s Decree No. 15/2015/NĐ-CP dated 14/02/2015 about the investment in the public-private partnership (PPP) form, it regulated that the ratio of equity capital of investor is not less than 15% of total investment capital or at least equal to 10% of the capital share of over VND1,500 billion (if the total capital of the project is over VND1,500 billion).


Forum to enhance cooperation relations between overseas Vietnamese and local businesses

   2/16/2015

It is the first time the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development organized a Forum to connect businesses run by overseas Vietnamese to local business to enhance cooperation relations between the State management bodies and overseas Vietnamese businesses and to connect businesses run by overseas Vietnamese to local business aiming at promoting agricultural goods market and strengthening the cooperation relations in the agricultural sector.


Vietnam and Germany agreed to boost cooperation in the agricultural sector

   2/10/2015

During the visit to Germany, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat had meeting with the German Minister of Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt on 19th January 2015 aimed at strengthening the bilateral cooperation, particularly in the agro-forestry fields. At the meeting, Minister Cao Duc Phat appreciated the achieved results of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, and Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit just held in Berlin. Minister Cao Duc Phat also expressed the appreciateion to the assistance and support provided by the Government of Germany to all sectors of Vietnam, particularly in the agricultural sector over the past years.


Minister Cao Duc Phat met Vietnamese importers in Germany

   2/10/2015

On 18th January 2015, Minister Cao Duc Phat and Vietnam Ambassador to Germany co-chaired a Dialogue Forum with the participation of Vietnamese importers of agricultural and fishery products in Germany during his visit to this country. Aims of the forum were to understand the goods import situation that Vietnamese importers were facing with and to encourage the engagement of Vietnamese importers as  agricultural products distribution channel to introduce Vietnamese agricultural goods to German and EU markets.


Coastal Forest Coverage Will Reach 19.5% by The Year 2020

   2/10/2015

In order to have measures on natural disasters prevention and control, in response to climate change and sea-level rise; responding to the Vietnam’s commitments when joining international convention and treaty on environmental protection and climate change adaptation, the Prime Minister issued the Decision No. 120/QĐ-TTg dated 22nd January 2015 approving the Plan on coastal forest protection and development in response to climate change in the 2015-2020 period.


Government Bond Fund Worth More Than Vnd5,000 Billion is Disbursed for New Rural Development

   2/10/2015

On 23th January 2015, the Prime Minister signed the Decision No. 131/QĐ-TTg on giving the disbursement plan of the government bond fund in 2015 for implementing the National Targets Program on New Rural Development.


Vietnam shares the experience on sustainable agriculture development in WEF

   2/10/2015

Within the working schedule of Vietnamese delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in the 45th WEF in Davos (Switzerland), Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and leading officials of the agricultural sector attended the "Global Agenda for Food Security" session on 23rd January 2015. The session attracted more 1,000 leaders from 300 organizations and countries around the world.


GOALS OF 2015, GDP INCREASES BY 6,2%

   1/29/2015

Resolution No. 01/NQ-CP dated 03/01/2015 was issued by the Government providing key tasks, measures, and guidances for implementing the socio-economic development plan and the State budget estimate in 2015. As the goals set in 2015, GDP will increase by 6.2%; export turnover: by 10%; CPI: by 5%; Bad debt rate: under 3%; Poor household rates decrease by 1.7%-2%; jobs will be created for about 1.6 workers.


Project on the construction of Agriculture Services Center in Xiang Khouang province, Laos is commenced

   1/28/2015

The project on the construction of Agriculture Service Center is a part of the Agreement on Economic, Culture, Education, Science and Technology Cooperation between the Government of Vietnam and the Government of Laos. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is designated as the leading agency and National Agricultural Extension Center is assigned as Project Investor.


Strict regulation on food safety with small-scale producers

   1/28/2015

Small-scale producers includes the producers of plant seed, animal breed, fertilizer, animal feed, pesticides, veterinary drugs, chemical, biological products, crop production and harvest establishments, fish farming and fishing establishments.


Performance of the agricultural sector in 2014 and its work plan in 2015

   1/27/2015

According to the report of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2014, quality of growth is continuously improved. Proportion of added value in total production value increased; international and domestic markets of agricultural, forestry and fishery products are developed and expanded. National Target Program on new rural development obtained encouraging results.


Goal of the agricultural sector in 2015 is to achieve export turnover of US$ 32 billion

   1/27/2015

The year 2015 is defined as the key milestone of the agricultural sector to complete the implementation of the agriculture and rural development tasks. The sector concentrates on the better added value and sustainable development, which are expected to be the results of the strong reform of the agricultural sector in the link of the new rural development and bringing higher income for farmers.


Focus on restructuring of the agricultural sector in the Mekong Delta

   1/27/2015

In the year 2014, the Mekong Delta provinces have achieved significant and important results in political, economic, cultural and social areas though they had to face with many difficulties... The implementation of the agricultural sector restructuring has obtained initial sound results, positive changes of socio-cultural areas are also realized. Local political system, policies for minority people has been effectively implemented, social security has been ensured at the local level.


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