During the question-and-answer session this afternoon at the National Assembly, delegate Duong Khac Mai (Dak Nong Union) raised the issue of fundamental solutions to solve the chorus of the unending devaluation season, agricultural production still in breadth, spontaneous, consumption depends on a few markets.
Answering the question, according to Minister Le Minh Hoan, “good harvest, loss of value” is a story that he often uses the word “curse”. When supply exceeds demand, prices fall is an economic law. Mr. Hoan emphasized that it is important that we do not control the economic law in two ways: One is when there is excess, we know how to store and process to reduce the quantity put on the market; The second is to standardize agricultural products for a smooth market, thereby reducing pressure.
“Standards and regulations on agricultural products are the things that in recent times the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has admitted that we are still easy to administer,” Minister Le Minh Hoan admitted to the National Assembly.
Mr. Hoan emphasized that we must reorganize production, transparently informing the number of crops for each type of agricultural product, distributed in each type of market: export, domestic.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan answered questions before the National Assembly this afternoon (June 7).
Regarding the story of many gardeners having to destroy their dragon fruit gardens due to the lack of output and high input costs, according to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, nearly 70,000 households grow dragon fruits in 3 provinces of Binh Thuan, Long An and Tien Giang. only about 1/20 of which are in cooperatives.
As for the people outside, when they see people doing this, they follow, the process is not up to the standard, the crop is not up to the standard. In addition, the competition between farmers, between this cooperative and other cooperatives, between this barn and other… creates instability so that we can have a source of resources. whether stable.
According to Minister Le Minh Hoan, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has assigned research institutes how to standardize the production, breeding and cultivation processes so that we can reduce input costs.
“I work with foreign agencies, people are moving towards an agriculture with the motto “less is more”, that is to reduce input less, minimize costs but maximize profits. profit,” said Mr. Hoan.
“The soil is addicted to inorganic manure like an opium addict”
Meanwhile, delegate Nguyen Huy Thai (Bac Lieu delegation) wondered about the price of agricultural materials, especially the high price of fertilizer. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has advised people to use organic fertilizers instead of inorganic fertilizers. However, the custom of using organic is mainly in the North and Central region, and people in the Mekong Delta do not have this habit. “What has the ministry done and will do to encourage the use of organic fertilizers in the fields?”, asked Mr. Thai.
Answering the question of the Thai delegate, Minister Hoan quoted a verse about the use of fertilizers by people in the Mekong Delta many years ago: “The land is addicted to inorganic fertilizers like an opium addict”. According to Mr. Hoan, Mekong Delta farmers are used to doing one crop, two crops, then three crops. Wanting to increase productivity to increase production for food security and for export, farmers here used a lot of inorganic fertilizers and pesticides.
It is not easy to change habits because it is very difficult to persist for a long time. In addition, the “interlaced” relationship between agents of fertilizer materials and all corners of the Mekong Delta.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan
Mr. Hoan emphasized that the urgent role in the Mekong Delta is to reorganize the commodity industry, reorganize production, and mobilize people to join cooperatives. When entering the cooperative, people are advised to gradually reduce and mix between inorganic and organic fertilizers, between conventional pesticides and biological plants.
According to Mr. Hoan, this morning, the Ministry convened a meeting with the directors of the Department of Agriculture to discuss many issues. The ministry set up a Coordination Office for 13 provinces in the Mekong Delta on agriculture, continuously organized forums and invited businesses in fertilizer and medicine to lead people to change.
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