Deputy Minister of Agriculture Ha Cong Tuan talks to Năng Lượng Mới (New Energy) newspaper about the strengths and weaknesses of Vietnamese agricultural products. Deputy Minister of Agriculture Ha Cong Tuan. How do you evaluate the connections between parties involved in the promotion of Vietnam’s global agricultural value chain? I think these connections are very loose. In the past, there were only four parties involved in Vietnam’s agriculture production – farmers, the State, enterprises and distributors. Now we have scientists and banks as well. However, the connections between these parties is very weak. For example, Vietnam has some 50,000 agriculture enterprises, yet just more than 1,000 have connections with each other. Vietnam has some 13,400 co-operatives, yet just over 1,000 participate in this network. The links between enterprises and co-operatives with farmers and scientists and others in value chains are very weak. This has become a stumbling block for the Vietnamese agricultural products to join global agricultural value chains. What are the causes for such weak connections? The main cause is weak co-operation among farmers. Besides that, Government investment capital is very limited while the Government's policies on financial credit and land should be adjusted. To solve this problem, the… Read full this story
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