Party Secretary advises Bac Giang to embrace hi-tech farming boom

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has called on Bac Giang Province officials to boost applications of science and technology in agricultural production to create high-value products and lift exports.

The request came during a working session held yesterday on the implementation of an official resolution on Party building.

General Party Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong meets with local people in Canh Thuy Commune, Yen Dung District yesterday as part of his visit to Bac Giang Province.

He said Bac Giang's agricultural advantage promoted development production and processing on a commercial scale, adding the province could achieve the same level of development as neighbouring provinces.

Trong urged that further efforts were needed to boost construction of new rural areas, provide workforce training and build sustainable high-tech industries.

He highlighted the importance of improving infrastructure; particularly in the areas of transport, land clearance and planning; and administrative reforms for economic development.

The Party leader emphasised the leadership role of party organisations at the grassroots level in achieving sustainable, socio-economic development, and poverty reduction; encouraging the province to continue strengthening local Party authorities in the implementation of the Central Committee's 11th Resolution.

According to reports given at the session, Bac Giang maintained an average annual growth rate of 9.2 per cent between 2011 and 2013, with per capita GDP reaching US$1,080 this year. Notably, agriculture was reported to have benefited from developments in large-scale production and improvements in productivity.

The province has also made it into the nation's top 20 regions for education and training, with the poverty rate falling from 19.6 per cent of households in 2010 to an estimated 11 per cent this year.

Later in the day, Trong visited Canh Thuy Commune in Yen Dung District, home to a pilot programme on "large-scale paddy fields", where he praised the programme as an important foundation for industrialising and modernising agricultural production.

He hailed local efforts in allocating agricultural land in line with the new rural development programme.


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