Agricultural sector strengthens deep processing to increase added value | Business

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Processing of red dragon fruit into a canned drink. (Photo: SGGP)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development also confirmed that this development process still has many uncertainties with unsustainable growth. It did not meet the requirements of centralized, large-scale and high-quality production of commodities in the international market. The agro-forestry-fishing processing industry has not yet developed strongly, particularly in the conservation, in-depth processing and support industry. Post-harvest losses remain high. It has not yet created a strong production link in the value chain to promote mechanization and the application of high technology to reduce intermediate costs to increase added value.

Currently, the country as a whole has about 7,500 companies that process agricultural products on an industrial scale associated with export and thousands of small processing establishments and households. It is estimated that these economic sectors are capable of transforming, processing upstream and conserving around 120 million tonnes of agro-forestry-fishery product materials each year. However, the Agro Processing and Market Development Authority under MARD said that only 20 to 30 percent of companies and establishments export through deep processing. For example, Vietnamese coffee is exported to more than 80 markets around the world, with a total annual production of 11.6 million to 11.8 million tons, a turnover of about 2.6 to 2, $ 8 billion. However, the value remains at a low level due to the high proportion of coffee beans.

Mr. Le Minh Hoan, Minister of MARD, said that agro-industrial activities had received special attention from the government, businesses and society. Therefore, the agricultural sector needs to open more avenues for exporting agricultural products, determining a direction of development, creating added value and solving the problem of oversupply to reduce the pressure on farmers, who are often faced with the situation of exceptional harvests, low prices.

Lately, the Prime Minister published the directive n ° 25 / CT-TTg on tasks and solutions to develop the agro-forestry-fishing processing industry and mechanize agricultural production. The national capacity for deep processing of agricultural products still has great potential, so the problem here is to create a stable environment and policies to stimulate the flow of investment capital. Government and business need to work together to connect, expand the market, and research post-harvest processing and conservation technologies to improve the value of agricultural products. It is essential to establish a market mindset to adapt to the new normal market context, to build logistics, cold warehousing and storage infrastructure, and to make the planning of raw material production areas attached to processing in localities.

By Le Dung – Translated by Thanh Nha


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