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The West will have an agricultural product center of 3,300 hectares

The Mekong Delta Agricultural Product Center located in Can Tho with an area of ​​3,300 hectares will play the key role, leading the agricultural development of the whole region.

The information was informed by Mr. Duong Tan Hien, Permanent Vice Chairman of Can Tho City People’s Committee, at the conference to comment on the draft project of establishing a center for linking, producing, processing and consuming agricultural products in the Mekong Delta. Long, May 19. This is a project built after Resolution 45 of the National Assembly passed earlier this year to pilot a number of specific mechanisms and policies for Can Tho development.

According to Mr. Hien, with the goal of forming “one destination, multi-service”, the center will include production activities, agricultural product processing, warehousing system and a non-tariff area in the agricultural sector. This place also only focuses on high-level production and processing activities such as production of organic microbial fertilizers, nano fertilizers, organic plant protection products…; processing pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, high-value products from agricultural products.

Harvesting black tiger shrimp in Bac Lieu province.  Photo: Nguyen Anh

Harvesting black tiger shrimp in Bac Lieu province. Image: Nguyen Anh

The plan this year Can Tho will submit to the Prime Minister for signing the decision to establish the center and basically complete the infrastructure construction in the following two years. From 2025, the center begins to attract businesses to participate.

At the conference, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam said that the center was established according to a specific mechanism, not only an industrial park, an economic zone but also will make full use of all policies. to serve agricultural products in the western provinces.

“The center is multi-service, multi-functional and will probably act as a public administrative service center,” said Mr. Nam, adding that in order to avoid the situation of overlapping production and consumption, the center will have Auction trading floor of agricultural products…

Farmers in Thoi Lai district, Can Tho city harvest rice.  Photo: Nguyen Anh

Farmers in Thoi Lai district, Can Tho city harvest rice. Image: Nguyen Anh

The Mekong Delta is located at the end of the Mekong River Delta, covering nearly 3.96 million hectares (12% of the country’s area) and 17.5 million people (18% of the country’s population). With more than 2.4 million hectares of agricultural land, 700,000 hectares of water surface for aquaculture in the whole region has contributed 54% of rice production, providing 90% of exported rice; 70% of aquatic products and 60% of fruit of the country.

Despite having many advantages in terms of topography, soil, mild climate and abundant labor resources, this land is facing many difficulties and challenges such as climate change, decline in quality of natural resources and quality. limited workforce…

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