Dong Thap Province should make use of its advantages in rice and catfish farming to develop its economy sustainably, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged.
|During a visit to Dong Thap Province March 17, PM Nguyen Tan Dung (L) examines a plan to develop an economic zone along the Dinh Ba international border gate with Cambodia (Photo: SGGP)|
Speaking at a meeting with leaders of the southern province March 17, he appreciated the efforts of the Party Committee, administration, and people for the province’s achievements in various fields like boosting rice and tra catfish productivity and creating conditions conducive for developing agriculture and services.
Last year, despite many hurdles, the province achieved 16.56 percent economic growth, the highest in the Mekong Delta. It produced 2.72 million tons of rice, achieved manufacturing growth of 60.82 percent, and reduced poverty by 5.93 percent.
It ranked fifth in the national competitiveness index, up from ninth in 2007.
The PM instructed the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to assist the province in reappraising plans for rice and tra production to suit domestic and export needs.
The province needs to develop the processing sector to ensure a steady source of consumption for farm produce and seafood, he said. It should focus on quality, especially of export items, he said.
A basic principle of production is matching the market’s quality and quantity needs, the PM pointed out.
The same day, he offered incense at the memorial of Nguyen Sinh Sac, President Ho Chi Minh’s father, in the province’s capital of Cao Lanh. He also visited the Dinh Ba international border gate.