The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will strive to achieve agricultural growth of at least 3 per cent and earn roughly $40 billion from exports this year, according to a report from the Vietnam News Agency. 

Of the figure, over $21 billion  will be from cultivated products, around $9 billion  from aquatic products, more than $8.5 billion from forestry products, and $1.5 billion  from others. 

The rate of new-style rural communes is set at 37 per cent and 52 districts will achieve the status. 

These are targets set in a resolution issued by the ministry’s Civil Affairs Committee in order to implement the Government’s Resolution No.01/NQ-CP dated January 1, 2018. 

In order to achieve the above targets, the ministry will continue refining mechanisms to develop socialism-oriented market economy in agriculture, submit a draft Law on Cultivation, a draft Law on Animal Husbandry, amendments and supplements to several articles of the Law on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, raising public awareness of Law on Irrigation, Law on Forestry, and revised Law on Fisheries and relevant laws, ordinances and resolutions. 

It will also continue improving the business climate by cutting administrative procedures, building e-government with a focus on online public services, one-stop shop mechanism for customs clearance. 

At the same time, the sector will encourage the development of high-tech and organic agriculture while restructuring State-owned enterprises, reshuffling agro-forestry companies and submitting a project on developing 15,000 cooperatives, agricultural cooperative alliances for 2017-2020. 

Further attention will also be paid to developing agricultural and rural infrastructure, strengthening capacity of disaster prevention and mitigation in response to climate change, transnational cooperation in effective and sustainable use of water resources, ecological environment protection, and improving management in the quality of agricultural materials and food safety.